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Mill Valley Teachers Are Among the Highest Paid in Marin

A new online tool shows the average teacher salary in most California school districts.

Debating if public school teachers are over- or under-paid is a hot topic whenever cuts to education funding loom or student test scores are released.

A new online comparison tool lets the public compare average teacher salaries by school district, revealing that Mill Valley teacher salaries are ahead of the average teacher pay in California and among the highest paid in Marin.

Last year, Mill Valley officials unveiled a “shared sacrifice” strategy to help the district combat a $1.4 million budget deficit in advance of the effort to pass Measure B, an expansion of the parcel tax. An agreement with the Mill Valley Teachers Association featured a number of concessions that district officials say will save more than $400,000 dollars.

“The bottom line is that we’re all in this together,” said district Superintendent Paul Johnson at the time.

The concessions include two unpaid furlough days during the 2012-2013 school year for every teacher and administrator, including one today. The district projects that it will save $200,000 from the two furlough days.

Teachers received a 1 percent pay increase under a deal reached in February 2011, and the new reductions amount to a 1.1 percent pay cut. The new deal calls for no salary increases through the 2012-2013 school year.

Overall, Marin County educators are on-par with the state average.

Statewide, the average teacher salary declined slightly during the 2011-12 academic year to $68,531, the Bakersfield Californian reported.

But the California Teachers Association doesn't put much stock in the comparison tool. Teacher salary scales are configured with formulas that take into account years of experience and education level, but many young and early-career teachers have been laid off due to budget cuts in recent years.

Teacher Salaries 2011-12
School District Average Pay Student Enrollment Dixie (San Rafael) Elementary SD
$73,844
1,793 Kentfield Elementary $76,351 1,177 Larkspur-Corte Madera $75,909 1,363 Mill Valley Elementary SD
$76,909
2,968
Novato USD
$62,904 7,999 Reed Union Elementary SD (Tiburon) $79,999 1,401 Ross Elementary SD $75,230 346 Ross Valley Elementary SD $62,744 2,210 San Rafael City Elementary SD $62,608 2,000 Sausalito Marin City SD $70,975 396 Tamalpais Union High School District $87,497 3,839 Source: Ed-Data

California public school teachers make 16.1 percent less than other college graduates, according to the California Teachers Association. The disparity increases for those with master's degrees.

How much do you think Mill Valley teachers should be paid? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Michelle February 16, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Agree with Greg in more data points needed - including specifics on how many weeks vacation/holiday and summer weeks not on the job. Basically the salaries cannot be compared to other college grads in an apples-to -apples manner unless the number of days worked is equalized.
Magoo February 16, 2013 at 02:23 AM
I see the Staff corrected themselves from this morning to agree with me. Also for the MVSD, it's over $15,000 extra on average for benefits such as insurance, pension etc.
resident February 16, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Please take a look at the district teachers collective bargaining agreement, can be found online. Teachers are paid on a salary basis. Not hourly or daily. The two furlough days are folded into the agreement as days off paid and part of the salary increase. Please correct if wrong but that is my reading of the agreement.
Resident April 10, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Teachers also earn significant deferred compensation, paid out in "pensions", and I do not understand why this deferred comp component is left off the salary schedules. I understand that if you work as teacher for 40 years, you can retire at 80% of your top pay, with automatic 2% COLA increases each year. Given our top base pay in Mill Valley is over $90K per teacher, which you reach at 18 years, teachers can receive $72K the first year of retirement and receive that plus COLA adjustments each year for another 20-30 years or more. So here in MV, pensions paid out to teacher total millions of dollars of additional compensation per teacher. Also, in MV elementary schools, the school day is 6 1/2 hours and actual teaching time is about 4 hours per day (two recesses totaling 40 minutes, 45 min lunch, PE daily, art,music or library daily), 8 months per year. This is not the case in most other districts. And most teachers in the SF area earn considerably less and have far less planning and prep time, have morning and after-school duty, attend school event, etc. Given the high level of compensation, we should require more of our teachers (including time) and our district as a whole and negotiate with the union to provide the students with more services on par with that level of compensation. The furlough days never should have happened; people everywhere suffered pay cuts and layoffs during the recession when MV teachers had step increases and raises on top of that.
John Brown April 10, 2013 at 04:21 AM
Public sector unions and the politicians who have sold their soles to them, are the scum of the earth. Truly vile and parasitic creatures.

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