Kansas Teacher Pay

With the buzz is that teachers in Kansas need to be paid more, it’s time to ask just where they do rate when it comes to pay.

Our friends at North Carolina’s John Locke Foundation have looked at teacher compensation in the states. They take NEA data, which places Kansas 38 in all states, and then make adjustments for pension matches and differences in the cost of living.

The stated NEA salary of $41,369 for a teacher in Kansas becomes $49,506. The state’s ranking goes from 38 to 27.

Analyst Terry Stoops ran the numbers for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.  In that list, the adjusted pay for Kansas teachers is $49.788, though the ranking (27) is the same as with the North Carolina iteration.

On the adjusted scale, Kansas ranks higher than Colorado (29), Nebraska (35), and Iowa (41), though lower than Missouri (11), Arkansas (12), and Oklahoma (14).

We’re all for outstanding teachers getting paid more. But right now, the system treats everyone the same.

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  • Terry Stoops  On August 30, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    Just to clarify, I wrote both articles.

    The reason for the slight difference in adjusted compensation is that I used updated pension contribution information in the OCPA article.

    I am glad that you found the articles helpful. Expect an update of the study later this year or early next year.

    Terry Stoops
    Education Policy Analyst
    John Locke Foundation

  • Chase Reed  On September 2, 2007 at 12:15 am

    Whoopty Damn Doo, so we treat all educators the same. That’s not an indicator that they don’t deserve more. Nationally, teachers are underpaid, and they deserve more. We should treat them like the professionals they are.

  • Chase Reed  On September 2, 2007 at 12:18 am

    Perhaps, Kansas can make the leap to #1 (be it above the national average or not). We’d set the bar for future generations and the remaining 49 states that teachers deserve much more.

  • kansaseducation  On April 29, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Hmm. Why set a goal of teacher pay being the highest in the nation? Shouldn’t we be concerned about performance instead?

    Focusing on teacher pay just takes us down the same road we’re on–looking at inputs rather than performance.

    Sorry, we’re not convinced.

  • kansaseducation  On April 29, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Do professionals get lifetime job security? Do professionals get paid the same as each other, regardless of performance? That doesn’t sound like a “professional” environment at all.

    We’re all in favor of high-performing teachers getting financially rewarded, and free to focus on results rather than procedures.

  • Jeff Tucker  On May 3, 2008 at 12:19 am

    How do you rate teachers fairly? In many schools evaluations consist of popularity contests based on a teacher’s relationship to the administration which may or not be good leaders. Many times teachers are asked to take on very challenging students. How do you measure whether they’ve been successful helping a challenging student achieve personal growth and developing an understanding of the states standards. It’s impossible to measure accurately.

  • kansaseducation  On May 6, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Evaluating the performance of anyone is a challenge–but it gets done.

    One principle is to do pre and post-tests on students. How do they do at the beginning of the year? At the end?

    Dr. William Sanders has done some work on the subject (http://www.shearonforschools.com/TVAAS.html), and school districts have at least talked about some measure of incentive pay.

    Right now, there are not a lot of options to choose from because for the most part we’ve given up trying to evaluate teachers.

  • Seth Louks  On September 19, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Teachers complain they don’t get paid enough yet they get summmers off. Try being a police officer and work every holiday and most weeekends and make less than teachers.

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