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Old 03-02-2008, 04:38 PM
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I am looking for information on starting teacher pay in the various school districts. I have found data on average teacher salaries, but I am in my first few years of teaching, so starting teacher pay would be more useful info for me. I can usually find pay scale information if I go directly to a district's website and search around, but this is very time consuming. If I could find a website that compares all of the districts in one place, that would be great.

Or, if anyone can give me info on the top paying districts/best to work in for teachers, that would also be helpful.

I am a special education teacher at the high school level in the suburbs now, just haven't been too happy at the school I work at, enough so that I would like to take a look at what else is out there. Thank you for your help!
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:30 AM
Location: Hollywood/Brookfield, IL
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As a general rule, if you teach at a high school in a high school district you will get paid more than at a high school in a unit district. Here are the top ten highest starting salaries in both categories, for comparison:

unit districts
City of Chicago: $43,233
Elmhurst: $41,207
Valley View: $40,981
Barrington: $39,796
Naperville 203: $39,381
Indian Prairie: $39,225
Westmont: $39,162
Lake Zurich: $38,788
Elmwood Park: $38,474
CUSD 300: $38,448

high school districts
Lyons Township: $46,796
Reavis: $46,056
Leyden: $46,010
Niles Township: $45,868
Maine Township: $45,677
Northfield Township: $45,664
Riverside-Brookfield: $45,564
Stevenson: $45,498
Argo: $45,316
Oak Park-River Forest: $45,059

It's also helpful to look at the average year-to-year salary increase because schools that don't have the highest starting salary might pay more down the road than schools that pay a lot at the beginning. So here are the top ten highest average year-to-year increases in both categories:

unit districts
City of Chicago: $2,227
Elmwood Park: $1,749
Westmont: $1,723
Lake Zurich: $1,605
Kaneland: $1,410
Sycamore: $1,409
Lisle: $1,382
CSD 158: $1,344
Burlington Central: $1,316
Batavia: $1,273

high school districts
Stevenson: $2,802
Lyons Township: $2,621
Leyden: $2,427
CHSD 128: $2,309
Lake Park: $2,304
Grant: $2,196
CHSD 155: $2,184
Thornton Fractional: $2,136
District 214: $2,074
Ridgewood: $2,072

Those are the figures for teachers with a BA degree. If you have a masters (or are planning on getting one - many districts will reimburse your tuition), here are the top ten starting salaries:

unit districts
Elmhurst: $47,800
Indian Prairie: $47,599
City of Chicago: $46,228
Westmont: $46,211
Valley View: $45,515
Batavia: $45,319
Naperville 203: $44,790
DeKalb: $43,323
St Charles: $42,936
West Aurora: $42,821

high school districts
Niles Township: $56,769
Leyden: $53,132
Northfield Township: $50,930
Reavis: $50,610
Stevenson: $50,598
Lyons Township: $50,540
CHSD 155: $49,699
Lemont: $49,469
District 214: $49,324
Hinsdale: $49,279

And the top ten highest average year-to-year increases...

unit districts
City of Chicago: $2,234
Waukegan: $1,973
Barrington: $1,917
North Chicago: $1,908
Kaneland: $1,902
Westmont: $1,885
Elmwood Park: $1,832
Lisle: $1,818
Naperville 203: $1,769
Lake Zurich: $1,722

high school districts
Lyons Township: $2,863
CHSD 128: $2,727
Maine Township: $2,664
Leyden: $2,614
District 211: $2,607
District 214: $2,567
New Trier: $2,535
Riverside-Brookfield: $2,530
Stevenson: $2,473
Northfield Township: $2,469
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Old 03-04-2008, 03:08 PM
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Default Mega IL Teacher Salary Info Website

Check out website thechampion dot org. It list all the teacher salaries for Teachers in the State of Illinois and ranks the average salary of districts.
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