DID YOU KNOW

  • 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).
  • 156 teacher collective bargaining agreements (89%) are negotiated by the CEA or its affiliate, and 22 (12%) by the AFT.
  • The average workday length is 7 hours and 15 minutes.
  • The average class size for elementary school is 27 students and middle and high school is 28 students.
  • The average annual contribution towards a teacher's Health Savings Account (HSA) in districts that offer them is $1,936.
  • On average, the annual bonus for teachers with National Board Certification (in districts that provide them) is about $1,500.
  • 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.
  • In Connecticut, 63 districts provide long term disability benefits to educators (35%).
  • The average starting salary for a teacher with a 6th year degree is $51,582.
  • In districts that offer tuition reimbursement, the average amount provided is 68% of tuition.
  • Seniority is the only factor considered in layoffs in 45 (25%) districts.
  • 131 districts (74%) offer tuition reimbursement for advanced degree courses.
  • 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, elementary teachers are granted 190 minutes per week for preparation time.
  • There are 114 districts that offer extra pay for teachers who engage in curriculum writing for the district (64%).
  • Some type of longevity pay is available in 117 (66%) districts.
  • 36 districts (20%) have a salary step freeze in the 2015-2016 year.
  • In Connecticut, 174 districts provide life insurance benefits to educators (98%).
  • Some type of sick leave bank is offered in 62 districts (35%).
  • 162 districts (91%) offer compensated professional development days.
  • 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, Connecticut teachers have 182 work days with students each year.
  • 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 number of teacher days is 186.
  • The average starting salary for a teacher with a doctorate degree is $54,072.
  • Details about the teacher evaluation system are included in teacher contracts in 14 districts (8%).
  • The average maximum salary for a teacher with a 6th year degree is $88,388.
  • 49 districts (28%) offer a bonus for teachers who earn certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
  • 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).
  • 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 payout for those who waive insurance is $1,442.
  • The average starting salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $44,694.
  • The average maximum salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $70,796.
  • The average maximum salary for a teacher with a doctorate degree is $91,199.
  • 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 mid-scale salary for a teacher with a 6th year degree is $68,059.
  • The average mid-scale salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $56,756.
  • On average, Connecticut teachers contribute 17% to their health insurance costs.
  • The average time required before and after the school day is 36 minutes.
  • Some type of sick leave bank is offered in 62 districts (35%).
  • 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.
  • 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 master's degree is $83,194.
  • On average, teachers who are paid extra for assisting with curriculum writing earn $34.38 per hour.
  • Most districts’ reductions in force provisions are informed by seniority-based layoff provisions (commonly known as “last-in, first-out”).
  • 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).
  • 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 master’s degree is $63,838.
  • The average first year salary for a teacher with a master's degree is $47,627.
  • The average first year salary for a teacher with a master's degree is $48,266.