Average Teacher Salary

When calculating average teacher salary, it is important to remember that changes from year-to-year in the level of teacher experience and education affect the average. As an example, a teacher with 10 years of experience and a master’s degree may leave the school and be replaced the following year with a teacher who has four years of experience and a bachelor’s degree. This would be a substantial differential that would lower the school’s average teacher salary. Therefore, when teacher salaries are looked at in aggregate and compared from year-to-year, the increase in average teacher salaries will differ from the 10 percent increase given to each eligible teacher because of these expected variations.

Average Teacher Salary (A.R.S. §15-189.05),
as added by Laws 2018, Ch. 285, §3

 Average salary of all teachers employed in budget year 2019  $49,564
 Average salary of all teachers employed in prior year 2018  $46,054
 Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year 2018  $3,509
 Percentage increase  7.6%*

*In August 2018, PLC’s board approved a 10% base salary increase for returning teachers. The average percentage increase differs from 10% due to changes in teaching staff, resulting in varying salary levels based on an individual’s years of experience and degrees.