The salaries of teachers in Texas can vary depending upon years of experience, the level of their degree, and whether or not they are special education teachers. Obviously teachers just starting out of college can not expect to receive the same salaries as those that have been teaching for a few years. Teachers that continue beyond their Bachelor’s Degree and pursue Master’s degrees will earn a higher salary as well. Special Education is typically a hard field to staff, and across the nation this field lends itself to higher salaries. In Texas, as in most states, teachers are paid on a 10-month pay scale. This means that they are paid 10 out of 12 months a year with summer months usually being excluded.
A teacher in Texas straight out of school with zero years experience can expect to make approximately $27,320 a year according to the Texas Education Agency. This equals $2732 a month within a 10 month contract. A 10 year teacher in Texas can expect to earn approximately $37,040. This equals $3704 a month within the same 10 month contract. This pay scale reflects only what a teacher in Texas makes per school year with no special pay.
Teachers can make more money if they have a higher degree of education. By simply earning a Master’s Degree a teacher can increase their average earning potential in Texas to $49,074 per year. One might ask why anyone would teach in Texas without a Master’s degree given the vast difference in salary. The truth is, the more specialized the degree, the less available positions become. If someone is coming out of college with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education then they are more marketable than someone coming out with a Master’s degree in English. There are more jobs to go around and thus more opportunity to find a job quickly with a Bachelor’s degree.
Special Education teaching jobs are typically the hardest education positions to fill. In Texas, Special Education teachers make an average of $56,000 per school year. Special Education teaching requires both a specialized degree and physical ability. The Special Education field includes children with educational, social, and physical demands. The demands of the teacher are greater in this field than in most others. There are individual education plans to form, meet with parents about, and implement with the coordination of necessary therapists. Students in Special Education can have physical demands, such as those with cerebral palsy. Special Education is a field where teachers are in high demand, mostly because of how demanding the actual job is as well.
Texas ranks 17th in average teacher salaries. The money for teachers is there, but it is the more specialized jobs which require higher levels of education that pay the best. For a teacher starting out, a salary of less than $30,000 a year may not be enough to attract them into the realm of teaching in Texas. Teacher salaries in Texas are not by far the worst in the nation, although they could certainly be better not just in Texas but in the United States in general.