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It Pays to Teach

It's true: teaching is a career that requires a real commitment. It is also a career that comes with real rewards. Learn about the competitive starting salaries and the additional benefits that come with being an educator here in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Teaching Salaries Start High

Bar chart of median starting salaries in Dallas region - general teacher, STEM teacher, bilingual teacher

You probably have heard rumors about teacher salaries—but did you know that most people underestimate how much teachers take home?

Starting salaries for teachers in Dallas-Fort Worth districts might be higher than you expect. Among our 15 partner school districts all across Dallas-Fort Worth, the median starting salary for teachers is over $52,000.

And, there’s more. Many districts offer annual stipends of up to several thousand dollars for teaching science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or in a bilingual classroom. It's no wonder teachers like Miranda Korschun are living their best lives as teachers.


Bar chart of median starting salaries in Dallas region - general teacher, STEM teacher, bilingual teacher
Bar chart: Median teacher salary compared to other jobs in Dallas region

Starting Salaries For Teachers Are Competitive Compared to Other Jobs

Bar chart: Median teacher salary compared to other jobs in Dallas region

In Dallas-Fort Worth, teaching has a competitive starting salary compared with many other fields that require a bachelors degree.

So the next time your parents tell you that you should be an accountant... you can show them this.

 


Great Growth Potential for High-Performing Teachers.

Line chart: Years 1 to 8 salary levels of high performing teachers in one Dallas area district

You don’t have to make less to make an impact in education. In one Dallas-area school district, teachers can earn as much as $90,000.

Additionally, many teachers choose to pursue school or district leadership roles during their careers, where they will easily earn into the six figures. Education, whether in the classroom or another role, has great potential for impact and income.

Find out more about what strategic compensation programs are available to teachers in DFW.


Line chart: Years 1 to 8 salary levels of high performing teachers in one Dallas area district

Generous Benefits

The benefits you get on top of salary are part of your total compensation, and teachers tend to get a better benefit package than most other jobs. In particular, teachers get compensated with more generous retirement plans and vacation time, plus the standard medical, dental, and vision insurance you would expect as a professional. And, at most schools, you’ll have nearly three months to travel, earn extra income, pursue hobbies, or develop yourself. Doesn’t that sound like a deal?

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