Increase in teacher pay could make Indiana competitive with neighbor states

Michael Smith, Commission Chairmen

Statewide — The Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission released its report on Monday detailing 37 recommendations for making teacher pay competitive with surrounding states.

The commission found Hoosier teachers would need an average salary of $60,000 to keep Indiana competitive with surrounding states. Currently, the average pay for Indiana teachers was $53,000. “That would put Indiana teachers at the third-highest average salary level in the Midwest, and it would be a substantial increase over the average, which is approximately $53,000,” said Michael L. Smith, commission chairman.

The Commission found that both Local and State level legislators will need to find $600 million to make up the deficit to fill the pay gap. Click here to read the whole report.