SAN ANTONIO — The average teacher salary in Texas is dropping farther behind the national average, according to updated research.
The Texas State Teachers Association said in a press release that updated research by the National Education Association shows the average teacher salary in Texas is dropping farther behind the national average.
According to the Texas Education Agency, the average teacher pay in Texas for the 2018-19 school year is $54,122, and the national average is $61,782, according to NEA's calculations. Texas' average teacher pay is about $7,600 less than the national average.
In the 2017-18 school year, Texas' average teacher salary trailed the national average by about $7,100.
“This is disgraceful, and it is getting worse,” said TSTA President Noel Candelaria. “Inadequate pay is a major reason why thousands of effective teachers leave Texas classrooms every year for other professions. It also is why almost 40 percent of teachers who stick it out have to take extra jobs during the school year to meet their families’ needs.”