The Oregon School Board Association (OSBA) conducts most of the salary studies that report salary schedules of educators in Oregon’s public school system. During the 2011-2012 school year, a first-year Oregon certified teacher earned an average salary of $32,864 per year, down slightly from the previous year’s average of $33,028 per year. Substitute teachers in Oregon typically earn a daily prorated salary equal to 85% of the teacher’s salary for those who have reached full teacher certification in Oregon.
Individuals who have fulfilled their teaching requirements in Oregon are typically beholden to their school district’s salary schedule. Individual school districts determine pay rates based on experience for educators, administrators, and maintenance staff. Earning a master’s-level degree will add about $4,000 per year to a teacher’s salary.
Those interested in becoming a teacher in Oregon should be aware of how their teaching concentration can affect their paycheck. These May 2011 salary statistics, made available by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, show that Oregon teacher salaries can greatly vary from national averages.
|Occupation||Annual mean wage in Oregon||Annual mean wage in U.S.|
|Business Teachers, Postsecondary||$84,200||$119,410|
|Physics Teachers Postsecondary||$93,070||$90,570|
|Psychology Teachers Postsecondary||$79,860||$76,060|
|Education Teachers Postsecondary||$63,400||$65,630|
|English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary||$78,540||$68,360|
|Preschool Teachers Except Special Education||$27,440||$31,420|
|Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education||$53,680||$52,840|
|Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education||$55,200||$56,320|
|Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education||$55,920||$56,630|
|Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education||$55,820||$58,260|
|Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School||$42,690||$56,690|
|Special Education Teachers Middle School||$55,090||$39,370|
|Special Education Teachers Secondary School||$59,800||$39,370|
Oregon’s largest city is Portland. With a population nearing 600,000, it is almost three times the size of both Eugene and Salem, the next most populated cities. As the following BLS salary data indicates, the larger population typically pays off with higher salaries for teachers.
|City||Annual mean wage|
- Oregon School Boards Association – 2011-2012 Salary Survey
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – Annual wage estimates for Oregon educator, training and library positions