Eye on Education

Ohio Average Teacher Salaries Up 12 Percent Since 2005

Click on the map above to see how the average teacher salary has changed over the past five years, district-by-district.

As part of our ongoing reporting on all aspects of education in Ohio, StateImpact took a look at how average teacher salaries have changed over the past five years.

Looking at all Ohio public-school teachers, the average salary increased about 12 percent, reaching $56,715 for the 2010-11 school year.

Districts with the largest increases in average salary include:

  • Urbana City, an urban, high-poverty district northeast of Dayton (up 42 percent to $62,482),
  • Bellbrook-Sugarcreek, a self-described “upscale, residential suburb” southeast of Dayton (up 42 percent to $66,075), and
  • Cardington-Lincoln, a small rural district north of Columbus (up 32 percent to $53,166).

Fewer than 20 districts saw decreases in their average teacher salary. They included:

  • Ridgedale, a small rural district north of Columbus (down 24 percent to $36,965),
  • Minster, a small-town district southwest of Lima (down 14 percent to $55,875), and
  • Elgin, a small rural district north of Columbus, (down 14 percent to $50,779).

The overall change in Ohio’s average teacher salary is actually similar to the national trend, both for public-school teachers and for private sector workers. Nationally, public-school teachers saw a 14 percent increase in salaries over roughly the same period, compared to a 13 percent increase for all private-sector workers, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Inflation — the prices we pay for consumer goods — rose 11 percent during that time, according to the BLS.

Does this mean that every teacher in Ohio is making 12 percent more now than he or she was making five years ago? Far from it.

A big increase — or a big decrease — in average salary doesn’t necessarily mean that a district’s teachers got big raises or pay cuts. Some of the changes may be related to the mix of teachers employed by a district: In Ohio, experienced teachers are paid more than less experienced ones, so shifts in a district’s teacher workforce can lead to changes in its average salaries. Teachers can also make more by earning advanced degrees.

These salary figures don’t take inflation into account. However, national data that does account for inflation shows that public-school workers’ salaries increased about 2 percent from December 2005 to December 2010, compared to an approximately 1 percent increase for all private-sector workers over the same period.

And salary is just one part of the picture. Other forms of compensation like health insurance, pension contributions and sick leave are also part of what teachers take home.

So consider this map a starting point for exploring information on education in Ohio. Stay tuned for more analysis of the reasons some districts are up, some are down, how other education professions compare–and what that means for educators, families and taxpayers.


  • Anonymous
    • Molly Bloom

      It depends what time period you look at. FYI, we looked at inflation for Dec 2005-Dec 2010 (because we wanted to be able to approximate the Dec-Dec timeframe we used looking at national salary trends via the BLS Employment Cost Index. The increase for that period was 11 percent. Sept 2005-Sept. 2010 the number’s 10 percent.

  • B35325

    But what this does not include is actual salary, which consists of both merit and step increases (automatic with time). Since the average reflects the mix of new and experienced teachers, and individual teacher likely did much better than this 12%.

    • Aritter8

      Or worse!

    • Molly Bloom

      These salaries do in fact include step increases as well as salary increases due to earning a master’s degree, for example. But since these are average salaries, there are indeed some individual teachers whose salaries increased more than 12 percent over five years, and some whose salaries increased less than that.

  • Anonymous

    If I was to grade this this article based on the title and its relationship to the content, I would not give it a passing grade. The title cleary shows a 12% increase, yet the author states “Does this mean that every teacher in Ohio is making 12 percent more now than he or she was making five years ago? Far from it.”

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FDGYHBEWVNGUG763L5X4TON3JQ Nazani14

    It seems only just that teachers who accept jobs in high poverty areas should get higher pay.

    • jackie stoyk

      Unless you work your tail off as a teacher, you really haven’t a clue.

      • Fnunz

        Really you mean for those 7 hour days and 187 days out of the year oh thats tough

  • Robin Reads

    I teach in California. I wonder if the amounts listed in the article are the starting or top amounts? Our district range is $39,900 for a first year teacher with a BA and credential to $89,400 for a teacher with a Masters, PhD and 30 years teaching.

  • Eric Dittert

    As I am not from Ohio, maybe this is none of my business, but this article – particularly the headline and the lead seem to me to be bordering on irresponsible journalism. By the end of the article it is fairly clear that the “average 12% increase” is an utterly meaningless statistic. Why is it in the headline??? It is a total over 6 years (why 6 years??), it doesn’t account for inflation and it doesn’t take other forms of compensation into account. But the worst thing, in my view, is that it edges toward being inflammatory. The average reader will see “Ohio teachers salaries up 12%”. It’s hard to see any reason for putting the 6-year increase in the headline other than the drama of having a seemingly big number there to excite the sentiments of those who like to see public employees as villains. I’d expect this of Fox News, but not NPR.

    • Molly Bloom

      Yup, like the story says, this map is just a starting point for looking at teacher compensation. Other forms of compensation like health insurance and pension contributions are also part of the picture. Those are areas we’ll be looking at too in the coming months.

      The 6-year timeframe is somewhat arbitrary. (We could have picked 7, 8, 9…) We picked it to show the trend over that period of time, using the most recent state data.

  • Nomail

    “In 2010, Standard & Poor’s 500 Index company CEOs received, on average, $11.4 million in total compensation— a 23 percent increase in one year.” Enough said. What a dumb article.

  • Ann Stevenson

    With the pressure to become a “Highly Qualified Teacher” as defined by No Child Left Behind legislation many teachers began master programs and thus moved up on the pay scale. In the past new teachers limiited their education to a bachelors degree to be competitive as an applicant of a school district looking for less expensive new teacher hires. My guess is salary increases correlate highly with increased educational levels and higher pay scales that result.

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