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Old 08-10-2008, 08:37 PM
 
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I am a teacher and my wife and I are considering a move to the Charlotte area. I assume C-M school system has the highest pay scale for the area. I have a specialist degree in administration but am still in the classroom. I have searched different salary schedules in the area. Does North Carolina not pay for the specialist degree?

Also, if someone who teaches in the area could check my research.....although I have 13 years experience, it looks like I would only make 50,000 in the C-M school system as a teacher. Could this be true?

I would really appreciate anyone giving me some details about the salaries and benefits. thanks.

 
Old 08-10-2008, 10:01 PM
 
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I could be wrong, but I thought there was a hiring freeze right now in CMS. Hopefully some other people will chime in with some more info. on that.
 
Old 08-10-2008, 10:18 PM
 
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I am a teacher and my wife and I are considering a move to the Charlotte area. I assume C-M school system has the highest pay scale for the area. I have a specialist degree in administration but am still in the classroom. I have searched different salary schedules in the area. Does North Carolina not pay for the specialist degree?

Also, if someone who teaches in the area could check my research.....although I have 13 years experience, it looks like I would only make 50,000 in the C-M school system as a teacher. Could this be true?

I would really appreciate anyone giving me some details about the salaries and benefits. thanks.
teacher322 - Salaries for teachers are set at the state level. I'm not sure if you would get anything "extra" for your specialist degree unless you got an administrative job. You might be overly optimistic in your salary assessment. NC isn't highly rated salary-wise. You will have to shell out money for health benefits since health benefits only cover the individual. Spouses are about $300 a month for a 10 month year. If you have kids to cover also, family coverage runs $650 a month for 10 months. What state are you coming from?
 
Old 08-11-2008, 07:21 AM
 
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Coming from GA. Thank you for the information about the health insurance. My wife is a nurse....I don't know if benefits through her job would make a difference but the salaries do not sound good. Any other info would be great and thank you.
 
Old 08-12-2008, 06:23 PM
 
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is it true that as a teacher, your health benefit only covers the individual teacher not his or her mate and children?
 
Old 08-12-2008, 06:24 PM
 
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is it true that as a teacher, your health benefit only covers the individual teacher not his or her mate and children?
It is available for the spouse and/or children but you pay extra for it I believe.
 
Old 08-12-2008, 07:47 PM
 
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Here's a bit of info for all the teachers considering a move to NC. I just didn't want anyone to be shocked like we were when we made the move.

You get two salaries for teaching, one from the state and the other from the county you teach in. Depending on the county, it really varies what you can make. The state salary will remain the same regardless where you go. Here is the link for the state salary: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/...9schedules.pdf

Depending upon the county this supplement is either divided 10-12 months or paid in lump payments twice a year. Every county seems to be different. This is last year's supplement because it hasn't been updated on the web site: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/...upplements.pdf

You are paid monthly (not every two weeks).

No matter where you are in the state, teachers are on the State Health Plan. If you want coverage for just yourself, the state pays for it (70/30 & 80/20 plan). If you want better coverage (90/10 plan) you have to pay about $44 per month. Now the kicker is when you have to add dependents. If you add just children it can run from $150 to $270 per month (depending upon the amount of coverage). If you add just a spouse it can run from $388 to $564 per month. And if you need to add both it can run $413 to 595 per month.

Dental, vision, etc. is usually offered through the county in which you work in. Sometimes dental is free (for employee only), sometimes not. Vision is always extra.
 
Old 08-12-2008, 08:01 PM
 
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Here's a bit of info for all the teachers considering a move to NC. I just didn't want anyone to be shocked like we were when we made the move.

You get two salaries for teaching, one from the state and the other from the county you teach in. Depending on the county, it really varies what you can make. The state salary will remain the same regardless where you go. Here is the link for the state salary: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/...9schedules.pdf

Depending upon the county this supplement is either divided 10-12 months or paid in lump payments twice a year. Every county seems to be different. This is last year's supplement because it hasn't been updated on the web site: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/...upplements.pdf

You are paid monthly (not every two weeks).

No matter where you are in the state, teachers are on the State Health Plan. If you want coverage for just yourself, the state pays for it (70/30 & 80/20 plan). If you want better coverage (90/10 plan) you have to pay about $44 per month. Now the kicker is when you have to add dependents. If you add just children it can run from $150 to $270 per month (depending upon the amount of coverage). If you add just a spouse it can run from $388 to $564 per month. And if you need to add both it can run $413 to 595 per month.

Dental, vision, etc. is usually offered through the county in which you work in. Sometimes dental is free (for employee only), sometimes not. Vision is always extra.
I know these costs might sound high, but have you looked at the price of trying to buy individual insurance these days??? A family of four can easily be charged over $2000 a month. Sure some private companies have much better benefits than the school system (I know families of 4 who only pay $300. a month and that includes dental and vison), but hopefully most teachers have spouses who can carry their own coverage at their place of employment and keep their costs as low as possible.
 
Old 08-12-2008, 08:27 PM
 
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I know these costs might sound high, but have you looked at the price of trying to buy individual insurance these days??? A family of four can easily be charged over $2000 a month. Sure some private companies have much better benefits than the school system (I know families of 4 who only pay $300. a month and that includes dental and vison), but hopefully most teachers have spouses who can carry their own coverage at their place of employment and keep their costs as low as possible.
loves - That's why I asked the OP where he was from. Most of the teachers in the Northeast have free health care for themselves and their families. Many would never think to even inquire about healthcare costs which they assume the state pays in full. Another reason for those high taxes!

tippster - Thanks for posting that info! I wasn't aware of the county supplement system. You learn something new every day!
 
Old 08-12-2008, 08:30 PM
 
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loves - That's why I asked the OP where he was from. Most of the teachers in the Northeast have free health care for themselves and their families. Most would never think to even inquire about healthcare costs which they assume the state pays in full. Another reason for those high taxes!

tippster - Thanks for posting that info! I wasn't aware of the county supplement system. you learn something new every day!
Frankly Em, I hope this is one idea from the north that does not take hold down here - WE DO NOT WANT HIGHER TAXES. I understand that footing some of the insurance bill is a real shock to some folks, but we'd much rather see everyone have to do that then become a big nanny state
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