Local teacher salaries vary by tens of thousands depending on district

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Local teacher salaries vary depending on district

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Dayton Public Schools teachers will see a significant pay bump this fall under a new contract awaiting final school board approval next week.

But how do teacher salaries compare across the region? In Ohio, each school district negotiates teacher pay with its own teachers union, and each person’s salary is based on a scale that includes education level and years of experience. Only a few districts have a merit pay system based on evaluations.

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We examined 2019-20 teacher pay in a dozen larger Dayton-area school districts — Dayton, Centerville, Kettering, Springboro, Huber Heights, Miamisburg, Northmont, Troy, Xenia, Mad River, Fairborn and West Carrollton. Beavercreek was not included because the district is still negotiating its 2019-20 contract.

We studied three salary levels — how much do districts pay a first-year teacher who holds a bachelor’s degree? What do they pay a 10th year teacher with a master’s degree? And what’s the highest possible teacher salary in the district, for someone who has maxed-out both education level and years of experience?

Starting salary

This is how much a district pays a first-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree. It’s important, as new college graduates may have multiple job offers to choose from, with student loans to pay off right away.

For 2019-20, Dayton’s tentative deal tops this list, at $44,671, with Fairborn lowest at $36,103:

Dayton — $44,671

Mad River—$43,989

Huber Heights — $42,950

Centerville — $42,600

Xenia — $40,880

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West Carrollton — $40,717

Kettering — $40,651

Northmont — $40,620

Miamisburg — $40,559

Springboro — $40,091

Troy — $39,357

Fairborn — $36,103

Mid-career salary

For Ohio teachers, switching school districts after a certain point doesn’t make financial sense. Even if a teacher has been teaching for 20 years, in most districts, an incoming teacher can’t start higher than the 7- or 10-year “step” on the salary scale, limiting their starting salary in the new district.

This mid-career list shows how much schools pay a 10th year teacher with a master’s degree, in this case, assuming those 10 years have all been served in that district. For 2019-20, Huber Heights tops this list, at $70,223, with Fairborn again lowest at $56,502:

Huber Heights — $70,223

Centerville — $70,077

Kettering — $68,700

Mad River — $67,642

Miamisburg — $65,260

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Troy — $64,427

Northmont — $63,632

Springboro — $63,444

Dayton — $63,146

West Carrollton — $63,088

Xenia — $62,445

Fairborn — $56,502

Top possible salary

If you want to be a teacher for 35 years — which, within a few years will be Ohio’s standard to receive a full retirement benefit — it’s good to know what the very peak of the salary scale is after 35 years. In four of these districts, getting to that peak requires a Ph.D. But the most common requirement is a master’s degree plus at least 30 extra semester hours.

In Centerville, it requires 34 years of service (most districts stop raises after 28 or 30 years), and those late-career raises are based on number of years in Centerville schools, not just number of years teaching in general.

For 2019-20, Centerville tops this list, at $110,738, with Fairborn again lowest at $82,134. In some smaller districts not on this list, the top salary is around $75,000, creating a $35,000 difference between the top and bottom districts:

Centerville — $110,738

Kettering — $104,067**

Huber Heights — $93,846**

Springboro — $92,711

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Mad River — $92,667

Xenia — $89,119

Troy — $89,104

Miamisburg — $88,947

Northmont — $88,484**

West Carrollton — $85,491

Dayton — $82,480**

Fairborn — $82,134

** — Requires Ph.D.

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