Teacher Pay

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Since 2013, Teacher Pay in North Carolina has increased by 15%, boosting the average teacher salary to over $50,150 a year for the first time in state history. As part of Carolina Partnership for Reform’s mission to conduct policy research and educate the public on important issues impacting North Carolina’s citizens, CPR is launching a statewide multimedia effort on teacher pay. Web, print, and television issue advertising will focus on why teacher pay is important, who is responsible, and what the media had to say about it. Advertising on the issue will launch beginning with the Olympic Opening Ceremonies and continue throughout the month in the Raleigh, Wilmington, and Greensboro markets.

Legislative Reforms to Increase Teacher Pay

2014: 7% Teacher Pay Raise – Increased Starting Teacher Pay to $33,000 (S.L. 2014-100, Senate Bill 744, RC Vote: 1851)
2015: 3.8% Teacher Pay Raise – Increased Starting Teacher Pay to $35,000 (S.L. 2015-241, House Bill 97, RC Vote: 1007)
2016: 4.7% Teacher Pay Raise – Increased Average Teacher Pay to Over $50,150 for the first time (S.L. 2016-94, House Bill 1030, RC Vote: 1430)

How the General Assembly voted

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The Perspective from the Media

Laurinburg Exchange McInnis: Teacher Pay Raise Historic 7/17/2016
Greensboro News & Record McCrory Signs North Carolina Budget Changes into Law 7/14/2016
N&O Gov. Pat McCrory Touts Teacher Pay in Signing State Budget 7/14/2016
WBTV McCrory Signs Budget Raising Teachers’ Salaries 7/14/2016
N&O NC Budget Begins System of Teacher Bonuses 7/12/2016
Greensboro News & Record NC Teachers See Broad Raises, More Bonus Chances 7/9/2016
Education Week/AP House Give Initial OK to Final N. Carolina Budget Agreement 7/1/2016
WXII List: Highlights of 2016 NC Budget Agreement 7/1/2016
WBTV/AP/WNCN Leaders Say Budget Includes 4.7% Raises for Teachers 6/28/2016
WCNC NC Budget Includes Tax Cuts, State Pay Raise 6/28/2016
WCCB Senate Approves Final Budget that Delivers Teacher Pay Raise 6/28/2016
WRAL State Budget Cuts Income Taxes, Raises Teacher and State Worker Salaries 6/27/2016
N&O NC Budget Compromise: Teacher Raises, Low College Tuition, Tax Cut 6/27/2016
WITN GOP Wants to Grow NC Education Lottery, Raise Teacher Salaries 6/14/2016
Avery Journal Senate Proposes 20 Percent Teacher Raises, Income Tax Breaks 6/8/2016
N&O Teacher Raises and More Under Negotiation 6/4/2016
Crain’s Raleigh-Durham Teacher Raises Highlight Senate’s FY17 Budget; Compromise with House on Deck 6/3/2016
Carolina Journal Larger Teacher Pay Raises, Faster Tax Cuts in Senate Budget 6/3/2016
WUNC State Senate Budget Proposal Highlights Teacher Pay Raises 6/1/2016
The Tribune Papers Average Teacher Pay Surges to Nearly %55,000 in Senate Plan 5/31/2016
ABC11 NC Senate Budget Proposes Merit-Based Pay Raises 5/31/2016
Carolina Journal Senate Plan Would Hike Average Teacher Salary to Nearly $55,000 5/26/2016
ABC11 Senate GOP Proposes Larger NC Teacher Pay Plan than House, McCrory 5/25/2016
TWC News NC Senate Proposal Would Provide Major Boost to Teacher Pay 5/25/2016
News & Observer Senate Republicans Propose Big Teacher Pay Hike 5/25/2016
WITN Senate GOP Talks Teacher Pay Plan Above House, McCrory 5/25/2016
WRAL Senate GOP Pitches Teacher Raise Plan 5/25/2016
WTKR New Plan Could Raise Pay for North Carolina Teachers 5/25/2016
WNCN NC Senate Plan Would Raise Teacher Pay to Nearly $55K 5/25/2016
WFAE Teachers Would See Big Pay Raise Under NC Senate Plan 5/25/2016
North State Journal Senate Wants to Raise Teacher Pay to $55K Over Two Years 5/25/2016
WBTW NC Senate Plan Would Raise Average Teacher Pay to $55K 5/25/2016
NC Capitol Connection Senate Leaders Announce $55,000 Average Salary in Budget 5/25/2016
The Times News Proposed State Senate Budget Ups the Ante on Teacher Pay 5/25/2016
Blue Ridge Now Online House Budget Contains Pay Raises for Teachers, Funds for DuPont, Muddy Sneakers 5/21/2016
N&O NC House Backs Budget with Teacher Raises, Income Tax Cut 5/18/2016
Carolina Journal Teachers, State Employees Get Raises in House Budget 5/18/2016
Gaston Gazette Teachers, State Employees Could See Pay Hikes 5/18/2016
WECT Teacher, State Worker Raises Included in House Budget Bill 5/17/2016
ABC11 House Plan Includes Raises for Most State Workers 5/17/2016
North State Journal NC House Budget Boosts State Employee and Teacher Pay 5/17/2016
Charlotte Observer House Would Give Raises to State Workers, Teachers 5/16/2016
WXII McCrory Proposes Raises for all Teachers, State Employees 5/7/2016
N&O NC Lawmakers Focus on Teacher, Employee Raises in McCrory’s Budget Plan 4/27/2016
WCTI/AP McCrory Wants Raises for Most Teachers, Bonuses for Workers 4/22/2016
Hendersonville Lightning McCrory Budget Includes 5% Teacher Pay Raise 4/22/2016
WITN Some McCrory Permanent Teacher Raises Hit $5,000 4/22/2016
WFAE McCrory Proposes Teacher Pay Raise 4/6/2016
SGR Today Gov. McCrory Outlines Teacher Pay Budget Priority: 5% Avg. Pay Raise, 3.5% Avg. Bonus 4/6/2016
Robesonian Times/AP McCrory Wants 5 percent Hike to Teachers 4/6/2016
WWAY McCrory to Recommend Average 5% Teacher Raises 4/5/2016
Jones and Blount Governor McCrory Pitches Teacher Pay Increase in Budget Proposals 4/5/2016
Charlotte Observer McCrory Proposes 5 Percent Raises for NC Teachers 4/5/2016
WSOC TV McCrory’s Proposed Budget Includes Raises for Some Teachers 3/5/2016
The Progressive Pulse Just in: House, Senate Reach Deal on Teacher & State Employee Pay Raises 8/26/2015
Salisbury Post Rowan-Salisbury Teachers to get Raise Under Budget Proposals 6/19/2015
Carolina Journal McCrory’s Budget Raises Teacher Pay, Restores Tax Credits 3/6/2015
CBS Atlanta N.C. Gov. McCrory Budget Proposes Raises for Teachers, Law Enforcement 3/5/2015
Charlotte Observer New Teacher Pay Would Rise to $35,000 Under Gov. McCrory Budget Proposal 3/2/2015
WYFF Teachers, State Workers in NC Get a Pay Raise 8/8/2014
WRAL Document Outlines Teacher Pay Raises in Budget Deal 7/30/2014
My FOX 8 NC House and Senate agreee on Budget; 7 percents raise for teachers 7/29/2014
Civitas Institute Senate Budget Plan Includes Largest Teacher Pay Raise in State History 5/29/2014
NC PTA Proposed Senate Budget Includes Teacher Pay Raise 5/29/2014
WCTI Senate GOP Proposes Largest Teacher Pay Raise in NC History 5/28/2014
Charlotte Observer Gov. McCrory Proposes Small NC Teacher Raises Now, Big Changes in Coming Years 5/7/2014
WFDD Currently Enrolled NC Teachers Will Get Master’s Pay Under Revised Plan 2/12/2014
Salisbury Post McCrory, NC Lawmakers Pledge New Teacher Pay Raise 2/11/2014
Greensboro News & Record Pay for Starting Teachers May Go Up, Gov. Pat McCrory Says 2/10/2014
WRAL NC to Give Starting Teachers Hefty Pay Increase 2/10/2014
Charlotte Observer McCrory: Raise Teachers’ Starting Pay 2/10/2014
The Charlotte Post GOP Plan to Boost N.C. Teacher Pay; Extra $4,000 for beginners over two years 2/10/2014
WFDD McCrory Announces Increase in Starting Pay for Teachers 2/10/2014