An analysis of teacher compensation I did for Nashville included Louisville and four other districts. The districts were chosen because they were demographically similar to Nashville.
So, how does Louisville’s teacher compensation stack up to 5 other urban districts with a similar profile?
Here are the numbers:
Start 10 20 TOP
MNPS $42,082 $44,536 $54,800 $55,757
Louisville $41,756 $53,759 $69,514 $70,636
Charlotte $37,946 $46,008 $53,954 $58,525
Austin $46,401 $48,837 $55,477 $70,751
Atlanta $44,312 $54,167 $62,075 $66,467
Denver $38,765 $47,136 $53,838*
*Denver has a teacher compensation system known as ProComp and the highest step is 13. Teachers in Denver earn the base pay indicated plus are eligible for incentives and base pay increases based on professional development, advanced degrees, and measures of student outcomes.
Based on these numbers, Louisville offers competitive starting pay and long-term earnings there are among the best — outpacing even the much-larger city of Atlanta.
A more comprehensive analysis might include additional cities and factors such as cost of living. Of course, the cost to live in Louisville is less than Atlanta or Denver — but including cities such as Memphis, Indianapolis, and Columbus might yield even more useful information.
That said, JCPS appears to be doing well by its teachers in terms of pay.
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