DID YOU KNOW

  • Seniority is the only factor considered in layoffs in 45 (25%) districts.
  • The average first year salary for a teacher with a master's degree is $48,266.
  • 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).
  • The average starting salary for a teacher with a doctorate degree is $54,072.
  • On average, Connecticut teachers have 182 work days with students each year.
  • 36 districts (20%) have a salary step freeze in the 2015-2016 year.
  • 25 districts (14%) offer incentives for newly hired teachers who work in schools or certification areas that are "high needs" or "hard-to-staff."
  • 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.
  • The average mid-scale salary for a teacher with a master’s degree is $63,838.
  • The average mid-scale salary for a teacher with a 6th year degree is $68,059.
  • On average, teachers who are paid extra for assisting with curriculum writing earn $34.38 per hour.
  • The average mid-scale salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $56,756.
  • There are 114 districts that offer extra pay for teachers who engage in curriculum writing for the district (64%).
  • 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.
  • On average, Connecticut teachers receive 15 sick days and 4 personal days.
  • 92 districts in Connecticut (52%) withhold a teacher's salary step increase for unsatisfactory performance.
  • 156 teacher collective bargaining agreements (89%) are negotiated by the CEA or its affiliate, and 22 (12%) by the AFT.
  • The average maximum salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $70,796.
  • On average, elementary teachers are granted 190 minutes per week for preparation time.
  • 131 districts (74%) offer tuition reimbursement for advanced degree courses.
  • The average maximum salary for a teacher with a 6th year degree is $88,388.
  • Some type of longevity pay is available in 117 (66%) districts.
  • 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).
  • The average workday length is 7 hours and 15 minutes.
  • In Connecticut, 63 districts provide long term disability benefits to educators (35%).
  • Nearly half (47%) of districts have additional professional development days for teachers new to the district.
  • On average, Connecticut teachers contribute 17% to their health insurance costs.
  • In Connecticut, 174 districts provide life insurance benefits to educators (98%).
  • The average annual contribution towards a teacher's Health Savings Account (HSA) in districts that offer them is $1,936.
  • The average number of teacher days is 186.
  • Some type of sick leave bank is offered in 62 districts (35%).
  • The average class size for elementary school is 27 students and middle and high school is 28 students.
  • 162 districts (91%) offer compensated professional development days.
  • The average time required before and after the school day is 36 minutes.
  • The average starting salary for a teacher with a 6th year degree is $51,582.
  • The average starting salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $44,694.
  • Most districts’ reductions in force provisions are informed by seniority-based layoff provisions (commonly known as “last-in, first-out”).
  • 100 districts (56%) offer an HDHP/HSA as the main insurance plan for teachers.
  • The average mid-scale salary for a teacher with a doctorate degree is $70,868.
  • In districts that offer tuition reimbursement, the average amount provided is 68% of tuition.
  • Some type of sick leave bank is offered in 62 districts (35%).
  • 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.
  • The average first year salary for a teacher with a master's degree is $47,627.
  • The average maximum salary for a teacher with a doctorate degree is $91,199.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There are 87 districts that consider performance/evaluation as a factor in layoffs, and 87 districts that do not (49%).
  • On average, the annual bonus for teachers with National Board Certification (in districts that provide them) is about $1,500.
  • 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).
  • The average maximum salary for a teacher with a master's degree is $83,194.
  • 49 districts (28%) offer a bonus for teachers who earn certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
  • On average, the payout for those who waive insurance is $1,442.