Contact: Aurora Meyer, MSTA Spokesperson
Phone: 573-499-5403
E-mail: ameyer@msta.org

January 9, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2016-2017 Missouri Salary Schedule and Benefits Report Now Available

(Columbia, MO) – Missouri teachers are making small gains in salaries but are still making less than teachers nationwide, according to an annual report featuring data from 100 percent of the state’s public school districts.

The  2016-2017 MSTA Missouri Salary Schedule and Benefits Report offers a clear picture of salaries for Missouri teachers. Again this year, all 518 school districts responded to the survey. Participating districts were asked to complete a salary questionnaire and supply a copy of the district’s salary schedule.

Additionally, many respondents sent their non-certificated, support staff employee pay plans or stated that they have no board-approved pay plan for non-certified staff.

“Missouri teachers earn even less compared to the national average than they did last year,” said MSTA Executive Director Bruce Moe. “Overall, Missouri dropped a spot to 43rd nationwide for average classroom teacher salary. Missouri must better reward the time, energy and dedication that goes into teaching our future.”

MSTA members are working to overcome this trend. At its annual convention in November, MSTA delegates again adopted resolutions prioritizing educator salaries. MSTA supports a minimum statewide salary schedule.

MSTA also supports an annual equitable salary increment for additional years of service and additional education experience and recognition of teachers’ actual years of experience for salary schedule advancement and placement.

MSTA opposes local school boards penalizing teachers who wish to break a contract that was signed prior to the district’s board of education passage of a decreased benefits package. MSTA also opposes merit pay including use of standardized test scores or any other subjective criteria as a method to determine future salary increases.

The salary book offers statistics that break down teacher salaries throughout Missouri, with comparisons by region, county, district and size of district.

This report provides an excellent reference and easy means of comparison for teachers, administrators and MSTA leaders when discussing teacher salaries.

For your reference, 2016-2017 MSTA Missouri Salary Schedule and Benefits Report is available online.

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The Missouri State Teachers Association is the largest education organization in the state, with more than 46,000 members and over 150 years of service to Missouri educators. The association’s headquarters is in Columbia, Mo., with regional field representatives throughout the state. MSTA has no national affiliation.

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