How to increase your pay 20 percent in just three years

The evidence is abundant that one way to increase your income substantially yearly and especially during three-year increments is to take the following steps:

  • Take the power of choice out of the hands of your customers. Make people support your endeavor whether they want to or not.
  • Say everything that you do at work is “for the children,” and so all the pay increases you’ll receive are “for the children.” Launch sophisticated public relations efforts to make your profession on par with the work of saints like Mother Teresa.
  • Unionize and organize. Form a political action committee and make all your colleagues in the business contribute to it so you can have millions of dollars to use to threaten state legislators. Tell them to vote your way or you’ll make sure they don’t get reelected.
  • Draft contracts that give you tenure so after a few short years your employer is pretty much stuck with you unless he or she is prepared to face a lot of legal bills.
  • Develop a nationwide tangle of organizations whose sole purpose is to confuse and deflect any information that comes out about your job performance. Have a list ready of excuses of why your profession isn’t to blame when it fails. Examples: “it’s the parents’ fault,” “it’s the culture’s fault.”
  • Make sure you’re able to retire while still in your fifties so you don’t have to put up with the mess for too long. In the meantime be ready to ask anyone who criticizes your profession with a properly indignant tone: “how many years have YOU spent in the classroom?!!”

If you’d rather not go to all that trouble, then you can always join a group of people who already have. Become a public school teacher in school district 214 in Arlington Heights.

Arlington Heights – Township HSD 214

Average Pay Increases and Estimated Pensions

The following charts measure pay increases, not decreases. They answer a simple question: “For those full time employees who received more money from the first year to the last within a time frame, what is the average pay increase?” The salary data used comes directly from the Illinois State Board of Education.

Our pension calculation is based upon what’s possible when an individual is at least 55 years old with 34 years of service. Those with less than 34 years who continue to work will, in most cases, have higher pensions than those calculated. Those members who retire with less than 34 years may have lower pensions than those calculated.

We encourage you to click on the percentages below to see the full list and the actual dollar amounts. How do they compare to your own pay increases and pension?

Average One-Year Pay Increase:           Teachers    Administrators   Inflation (CPI)

1998/1999 – 1999/2000                                   5.2%               4.4%              3.4%

1999/2000 – 2000/2001                                 6.8%               5.0%              1.6%

2000/2001 – 2001/2002                                 8.0%               6.8%              2.4%

2001/2002 – 2002/2003                                 8.5%               6.8%              1.9%

2002/2003 – 2003/2004                                 9.9%               9.9%              3.3%

2003/2004 – 2004/2005                                 8.1%               5.8%               3.4%

Average Three-Year Pay Increase

AND Estimated Pensions:                       Teachers    Administrators   Inflation (CPI)

1999/2000 – 2002/2003                                 20.8%             18.1%              5.9%

2000/2001 – 2003/2004                                 24.6%             20.5%           7.6%

2001/2002 – 2004/2005                                 23.0%             19.5%            8.6%