No recession in teacher-land: 10,000 teacher salaries over $100,000 in 2012 up 33% from 2011.

As Illinois citizens struggle with the severe economic downturn plaguing the state, Illinois public school employees enjoy another record year of salaries, fringe benefits and pensions.

Apparently there is no tax money for the barren shelves at food pantries or the lack of beds at homeless shelters or for meals-on-wheels for seniors but there is enough tax money to pay for:

  • A Special Ed teacher $209,957 for a 9 month work year.
  • A Drivers Ed teacher who salary is $19,333/month ($174,279) to teach teenagers how to parallel park.
  • 1,062 teachers making more than the Governor’s $14,791/mo. salary.
  • Top 100 Teachers averaging $18,467 per month salary.

And all of that is for a 36-week work-year and retirement as early as age 54.

The average for the Top 100 Salaries is an unbelievable $165,000 per year.

These Salaries Do Not Include Massive Amounts of Fringe Benefits.
Add about $48,000 each for state pension contribution (30% of salary) and at least $7,500/yr health insurance benefits. Then include 12-15 days sick leave per year payable at retirement if not used, 2 personal days/yr and up to $300,000 payment to the Teachers Retirement System by the local school district if they decide to take early retirement (see “Anatomy of a Teachers Contract” here).

And that does not include the value of a guaranteed $100,000 job (called “Tenure”) for as long as you want it.

If we add all these benefits to salaries in order to determine “total compensation” then the Total Compensation for every one of “Top 100 Teacher Salaries” (see here) exceeds $200,000/year. We could stock a lot of food pantries with that kind of cash.

Rather than pay $1,000/day for teachers why not hire full-time consultants?
What was your favorite subject in school? Here’s a short list by subject I found interesting. Notice when we add in the cost of fringe benefits (not including tenure) to come up with a “Total Compensation” amount we have some teachers making $200/hr.

Illinois $100,000 Teacher Salaries by Subject 2012

Subject 2012 High Salary Number of $100K Salaries
Art $159,861 201
Clothing/Apparel $138,554 6
Drama $187,635 32
Drivers Ed $174,279 153
Elementary Education K-5 $179,000 1,154
English $173,613 764
Foodservice $141,557 20
French $175,848 63
Latin $141,938 11
Librarians $161,184 220
Music $166,488 337
Nurse $135,035 37
Phys Ed $189,523 845
Speech $151,971 217

Salaries from ISBE, Teacher Service Records year Ending 6/30/12

See Top 100 Teacher Salaries here.

How do these salaries compare to Wisconsin?
Wisconsin has only four teachers with salaries over $100,000 so let’s just compare those four to the top four (out of 10,091):


Illinois Top 4 Salaries Wisconsin Top 4 Salaries Difference
Smith, Celeste $209,957 Hansen, Gary $108,152 $101,805
Vranas,Annette $203,311 Knackert, Anne $101,343 $101,968
York, Tinaya $196,768 Stowasser, Mary $100,460 $96,308
Myers, Carol $189,523 Derose, John $100,042 $89,481

Ask yourself why IL has to pay their teachers $100,000 year more than WI does.

Why do taxpayers have to pay these outrageous salaries and benefits?
Since the purpose of taxes is to “provide for the common good”, please explain to me what common good is “provided for” by making public employees millionaires? I would suggest that school districts that can afford to pay compensation of this magnitude should be paying for their own pensions rather than throwing it on the backs of all the state taxpayers. Doing that would save the state $1.6 billion a year. We cannot control teacher pensions unless we control teachers’ salaries.

The “wealth transfer” progressives’ talk about is not from the rich to the poor but from everyone to the public employees. There would be billions more dollars available for the poor if public employee compensation were equal to the private sector – and without raising taxes.


1 Comment

  • Wolf says:

    This is not surprising when the compensation levels in this Public Sector operation are generally 50% or more above comparable functions in the Private Sector. The basis for these absurd and excessive compensation levels is detailed in any of the Labor Agreements where there is no rational justification for these salary levels or merit raises on increased function or responsibility instead the merit increases compare to Cub Scout merit badges and because they can give “themselves raises”. They tend to increase pay based on additional education course work whether or not that this is material to the job function requirements. And when you add to these outlandish salaries the absurd COLAs that have absolutely no relationship to the real World like a annual 3% to 4% cost of living raise which double the base salary every 17 years automatically, the rapid salary increases is explained. We have also discussed the 40% inflation of their pensions in these contracts over the last years prior to retirement which makes everyone here a multi-millionaire at retirement through their defined pension plans without any market risks which now has a $50 Trillion obligation on the taxpayers for all Public Sector operation pensions today. Essentially, what you see here is the general Public Sector operations which cost the taxpayers over $7 Trillion annually at the Federal, state and local levels and is the primary reason why the nation is bankrupt about to default. For there is no way that the taxpayers can afford 23 million millionaires in the Public Sector as we have today.

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