August 17, 2022 12:00 AM
Beginning October 1, 2022, all Alabama K-14 educators, including support personnel will see a 4% pay increase. The pay increase was a part of the Education Trust Fund (ETF) Budget passed last April by the Alabama Legislature – the largest education budget to date.
Those who have nine or more years of experience and are paid within the State Minimum Salary Matrix will get raises spanning from 5% to approximately 21% for those with 35 years of experience. Teachers will also receive a 1% pay increase for each additional year they work beyond nine years.
While Alabama’s starting salary is the highest in the southeast, wages began to lull after year nine before this year’s pay increase. AEA has worked on correcting the matrix for years and is thankful the legislature understood the issues and made corrections.
Salaries in the updated salary schedule are based on years of experience, degree/certification, and assignment. Certificated school employees will be paid on the highest degree recognized by the Alabama State Department of Education.
In addition to the pay increase and the teacher salary matrix, teachers also can earn bonuses if they are a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) and/or a math or science teacher. NBCTs can earn an additional $5,000 if they work in a hard-to-staff school, and math or science teachers can earn additional salary through the TEAMS Act. These changes went into effect last year.
For more information regarding your local school system’s salary schedule, please contact your local AEA UniServ Director.