Teacher salaries are up $3,600 per year over last year in California.
According to data from the California Teacher Salary Commission, the salary increases for teachers rose $3.6 million in 2017, to $61,100.
Teacher salaries in the state are $13,400 higher than they were in 2016.
In 2019, teachers will be earning $50,200 more than in 2018.
The salary increases will come despite the fact that the state’s economy has shrunk over the past year.
The unemployment rate has risen from 4.4% in December 2017 to 5.2% in November 2018.
Teachers were paid an average of $11,400 less in 2017 than they did in 2018, according to the latest data available from the Office of Statewide Health Statistics.
This year’s salary increase is even more dramatic, according the latest numbers, because the increase in state revenues for the education system comes in addition to an additional $4.5 billion from the 2017-2019 school year budget.
This year’s average teacher salary was $91,800.
Teachers will be making $9,200 less than they paid in 2018 due to higher teacher salaries in 2019, according a statement from the state.
While the wage hike has led to a surge in teacher paychecks for many Californians, some teachers are worried about how their jobs are being done.
“The job market has been so weak and stagnant for a long time,” said Michelle O’Hara, a public school teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area who is not currently a teacher.
“I know a lot of parents, teachers and school administrators are concerned about how they’re going to make ends meet, and I don’t know that I’m one of them.”
“My main concern is my paycheck,” she added.
The number of teachers who are not currently employed or have left the profession has jumped over the last few years, and some say it has made them even more wary of their job security.
“I have to worry about how my family is going to be able to afford health insurance,” said Jennifer Hargreaves, who has been teaching for 10 years in Sacramento.
“It’s just not as safe as it used to be.”
Despite the growing concern, O’Malley said the pay increases are not the reason that many teachers are leaving the profession.
The average teacher salaries across California were up about $2,000 over last years, according and the California Teachers Union (CTU) said it will raise teacher salaries by $5,600 over the next two years.
“We have seen that teacher pay has been trending down for quite some time,” CTU President Dan Bosenko said.
“There are so many factors out there that have contributed to that.
I think what’s really happening is a lack of confidence in the economy, particularly the low level of inflation, which has been historically low.
I was looking forward to a great deal of the new job, and not only did I not get it, but the opportunity to leave my profession is so frustrating,” said Bosenkko. “
My income has grown more than $4,000 a year, and my expenses have increased by $2 in the past two years,” she said.
“I was looking forward to a great deal of the new job, and not only did I not get it, but the opportunity to leave my profession is so frustrating,” said Bosenkko.
“For many of my colleagues, the new pay is a big deal, but for me, I’m more concerned about the fact I’m going to have to take a pay cut in 2019.”