One of the primary concerns of students pursuing teaching certification in Texas is their future salaries. Teachers in training want to know what kind of income they can expect once they have fulfilled the teaching requirements in Texas and go on to pursue a teaching career. The salary you receive as a teacher is determined by a number of factors, including whether you are a postsecondary, K-12, or preschool teacher; how much experience you have; your degree level; and how difficult your position is to fill.
Because the salary for a Texas certified teacher can vary based on so many factors, it is helpful to start with the state-mandated minimum salary schedule to gain a frame of reference for where teacher salaries begin. In Texas, teacher salaries can begin at a minimum of $27,320 for a teacher with no experience, a minimum of $31,560 for a teacher with five years of experience, a minimum of $37,040 for a teacher with 10 years of experience, and a minimum of $44,270 for teachers with 20+ years of experience, according to the Texas Education Agency’s 2012-2013 minimum salary schedule. Keep in mind that these are the bare minimums by law that teachers with varying levels of experience must be paid, and that many school districts pay teachers in excess of these minimums.
Individuals who are thinking about becoming a teacher in Texas should consult the following table containing Texas-specific salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Included are a sampling of various postsecondary teacher average salaries, as well as the average salaries for preschool teachers; kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school teachers; and special education teachers.
|Occupation||Annual mean wage in Texas||Annual mean wage in U.S.|
|Business Teachers, Postsecondary||$100,040||$119,410|
|Physics Teachers Postsecondary||$91,770||$90,570|
|Psychology Teachers Postsecondary||$68,140||$76,060|
|Education Teachers Postsecondary||$64,040||$65,630|
|English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary||$60,580||$68,360|
|Preschool Teachers Except Special Education||$34,270||$31,420|
|Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education||$49,590||$52,840|
|Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education||$50,290||$56,320|
|Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education||$50,860||$56,630|
|Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education||$51,850||$58,260|
|Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School||$51,340||$56,690|
|Special Education Teachers Middle School||$51,080||$39,370|
|Special Education Teachers Secondary School||$52,410||$39,370|
Another factor that affects your salary as a teacher is the city where you are employed. Here is the data from Texas’ three largest cities for the education sector as a whole:
|City||Annual mean wage in Texas|
|Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX||$48,890|
|Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX||$52,370|
|San Antonio-New Braunfels TX||$51,420|
- Texas Education Agency – Minimum Salary Schedules
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – annual wages for education, training, and library occupations