Teacher Pay: Rhetoric vs. Reality

September 8th, 2016 by

In the 2014-15 budget North Carolina teachers received an average 6.92% pay raise, the largest raise in the country that year. The 2015-16 budget provided a further increase with an average 2.2% pay raise. In the 2016-17 budget teachers received an average 4.7% pay raise which is projected to raise average teacher pay to over $50,000 in North Carolina. This equates to a cumulative average pay raise of about 13.8%. In comparison, the national cost of living for each of those years went up 1.72%, 0.42% and (estimated) 0.84% respectively. From 2013 to 2016 the cumulative increase in cost of living was about 3.02%. When adjustments are made for cost of living between North Carolina and other states, North Carolina is now about 29th in the country in teacher pay.

Now WRAL, the News & Observer and others are trying to deny the obvious – that there was a significant pay raise this year for teachers.  Check out this analysis for a look at some of the facts regarding teacher pay under the Republican-controlled Legislature.