DID YOU KNOW

  • In Connecticut, 174 districts provide life insurance benefits to educators (98%).
  • In 11 districts, teacher performance/evaluation is a primary factor in layoffs (Brookfield, Enfield, LEARN, New Hartford, Newtown, North Haven, Old Saybrook, Pomfret, Region 5, Region 19, and Torrington).
  • Nearly half (47%) of districts have additional professional development days for teachers new to the district.
  • The average maximum salary for a teacher with a 6th year degree is $88,388.
  • The average starting salary for a teacher with a 6th year degree is $51,582.
  • There are 114 districts that offer extra pay for teachers who engage in curriculum writing for the district (64%).
  • Contracts with provisions on the work day and school year often include information about the school year as well as days without students (such as professional development or orientation days).
  • On average, the payout for those who waive insurance is $1,442.
  • The average first year salary for a teacher with a master's degree is $47,627.
  • On average, the difference between the salary of a teacher with a bachelor’s degree at the starting salary step and a master's degree at the maximum step is $38,506.
  • On average, elementary teachers are granted 190 minutes per week for preparation time.
  • There are 87 districts that consider performance/evaluation as a factor in layoffs, and 87 districts that do not (49%).
  • The average maximum salary for a teacher with a doctorate degree is $91,199.
  • On average, Connecticut teachers have 182 work days with students each year.
  • On average, the difference between the salary of a teacher with a master's degree and bachelor's degree at their respective maximum salary step is $12,433.
  • The average maximum salary for a teacher with a master's degree is $83,194.
  • Some type of performance pay is available in 9 (5%) districts (Bloomfield, Columbia, East Granby, Hartford, New Haven, Southington, West Haven, Path Academy, and Woodstock Academy).
  • Some type of longevity pay is available in 117 (66%) districts.
  • The average starting salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $44,694.
  • On average, Connecticut teachers contribute 17% to their health insurance costs.
  • Seniority is the only factor considered in layoffs in 45 (25%) districts.
  • Some type of sick leave bank is offered in 62 districts (35%).
  • The average mid-scale salary for a teacher with a doctorate degree is $70,868.
  • 36 districts (20%) have a salary step freeze in the 2015-2016 year.
  • The average class size for elementary school is 27 students and middle and high school is 28 students.
  • 49 districts (28%) offer a bonus for teachers who earn certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
  • In Region 18, the teachers’ contract specifies that in case of war or national emergency, the contract is subject to negotiation upon notice of either party provided the request is written, and negotiations will begin 30 days following the request.
  • The average mid-scale salary for a teacher with a 6th year degree is $68,059.
  • The average mid-scale salary for a teacher with a master’s degree is $63,838.
  • 25 districts (14%) offer incentives for newly hired teachers who work in schools or certification areas that are "high needs" or "hard-to-staff."
  • 92 districts in Connecticut (52%) withhold a teacher's salary step increase for unsatisfactory performance.
  • 131 districts (74%) offer tuition reimbursement for advanced degree courses.
  • In districts that offer tuition reimbursement, the average amount provided is 68% of tuition.
  • Details about the teacher evaluation system are included in teacher contracts in 14 districts (8%).
  • Seniority is a primary factor considered in layoffs in 154 (87%) districts.
  • The average time required before and after the school day is 36 minutes.
  • The average mid-scale salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $56,756.
  • The average workday length is 7 hours and 15 minutes.
  • 100 districts (56%) offer an HDHP/HSA as the main insurance plan for teachers.
  • The average maximum salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $70,796.
  • The average first year salary for a teacher with a master's degree is $48,266.
  • The average number of teacher days is 186.
  • On average, the annual bonus for teachers with National Board Certification (in districts that provide them) is about $1,500.
  • In Connecticut, 63 districts provide long term disability benefits to educators (35%).
  • Most districts’ reductions in force provisions are informed by seniority-based layoff provisions (commonly known as “last-in, first-out”).
  • The average annual contribution towards a teacher's Health Savings Account (HSA) in districts that offer them is $1,936.
  • On average, teachers who are paid extra for assisting with curriculum writing earn $34.38 per hour.
  • Some type of sick leave bank is offered in 62 districts (35%).
  • The average starting salary for a teacher with a doctorate degree is $54,072.
  • 156 teacher collective bargaining agreements (89%) are negotiated by the CEA or its affiliate, and 22 (12%) by the AFT.
  • 162 districts (91%) offer compensated professional development days.
  • On average, Connecticut teachers receive 15 sick days and 4 personal days.
  • On average, the difference between the salary of a teacher with a master's degree and bachelor's degree at their respective starting salary step is $3,560.