ERIC Number: ED380435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
A Study of Factors Influencing Teacher Salaries in Vermont.
Callas, Rosanne; McCormick, Rod
A study was done of factors affecting differences in teacher salaries among Vermont towns. Data from 181 local education agencies were used for the study and a set of factors was examined that included family, community, and school information to determine what influences teacher salaries. Findings included the following: (1) average teacher's salaries across districts range from a high of $43,958 to a low of $21,515; (2) five factors were associated with average teachers salary: average teachers education, ranked average daily membership, median income, cost per pupil, and average teachers experience (as these increase, teacher salary increases); (3) larger school districts generally have higher average teacher salaries and better educated and more experienced teachers; (4) lack of education opportunities for teachers in areas far from colleges with graduate education programs may adversely affect their salary scale, promotion, and general staff development; (5) several indirect factors are associated with average teachers salary: education level of parents, percent of children on food stamps, and child abuse rate. Overall teacher salaries were found to be not just a reflection of wealth in a community but also of the level of education in the community, the child abuse rate, and other socio-economic factors. (JB)
Descriptors: Community Characteristics, Economic Factors, Educational Benefits, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Family Characteristics, Masters Degrees, Municipalities, Poverty, Public School Teachers, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, School Districts, Social Influences, Teacher Salaries, Teaching Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vermont Legislative Council, Montpelier.; Vermont State Dept. of Education, Montpelier.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont