5 Consecutive Pay Raises Lead Teacher Appreciation Agenda in N.C.

Teachers in North Carolina will receive an average $4,412 raise between 2017 and 2019 as the state placed top-2 in the U.S. for fastest rising educator salaries twice over that period, part of a teacher appreciation agenda in the state General Assembly that delivered five consecutive pay raises to educators since 2014.

While salaries have increased as much as 48% for thousands of teachers, a number of new bonus programs are also increasing educator pay in North Carolina.      

Key facts on teacher pay in North Carolina

  • In 2018 a fifth consecutive pay raise will be provided to North Carolina teachers.
  • The average teacher pay raise from 2017-19 will be $4,412.
  • The average teacher pay raise from 2014-2019 will be $8,600, a 19.1% increase.
  • North Carolina ranked #1 in the U.S. for fastest rising teacher pay in 2017 according to the National Education Association.
  • North Carolina ranked #2 in the U.S. for fastest rising teacher pay in 2018 according to the National Education Association.
  • A teacher with five years of experience would earn $9,200 more in 2018-19 than the same teacher in 2013-14, from $30,800 to $40,000, a 29.9% increase.
  • A teacher with twelve years of experience would earn $15,330 more in 2018-19 than that teacher did in 2013-14, from $31,670 to $47,000, a 48% increase.
  • A teacher with sixteen years of experience would earn $11,840 more in 2018-19 than the same teacher did in 2013-14, from $38,160 to $50,000, a 31% increase.
  • A teacher with twenty-five years of experience would earn $9,040 more in 2018-19 than they did in 2013-14, from $42,260 to $51,300, a 21.4% increase.

Other bonus programs and compensation incentives for North Carolina teachers:

  • Teacher Assistant Tuition Reimbursement
  • Initial Teacher Licensing Fee Reimbursement
  • Future Teachers of North Carolina
  • Supplements for Highly Qualified Graduates
  • Advanced Teaching Roles Pilot Program
  • New Teacher Support Program
  • Highly qualified Teacher Salary Supplements
  • 3rd Grade Reading Bonuses
  • AP/IB/CTE Bonuses
  • 4th-8th Reading/Math Bonuses
  • Veteran teacher bonuses
  • New Teaching Fellows Program