This is the first post for a new Planet Princeton feature called “By the Numbers” that takes a look at data about the town of Princeton and the school district.
The data about teacher salaries is also the first post in a series about salaries in the Princeton Public Schools. We will be posting information about staff and administrator salaries as well. We will also be looking at how Princeton compares to other districts in Mercer County and other high-performing districts in the state when it comes to salaries and per pupil spending.
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Teachers in the Princeton Public Schools have been working without a contract since June 30 of 2014. Negotiations stalled in April and it looked like a state fact-finder was going to have to step in, but the board and the teachers’ union agreed to meet one last time this week to try to come to an agreement. The two major issues are health care contributions and salary increases. The discussion about health care contributions and salaries has led many residents to ask, “What do teachers in Princeton get paid?”
Planet Princeton filed an Open Public Records Act request with the school district to get that information. Public employee salaries are public information in New Jersey. We asked for salaries plus pay for other activities like coaching or leading clubs. For our searchable chart detailing 2014-15 pay according to the district, click this link.
The total amount to be spent this school year for teacher salaries for members of the Princeton Regional Education Association is $31.13 million, according to data provided by the school district for 401 employees (full-time and part-time).
– The average salary, including stipends, is $77,634 for 2014-15. This figure averaged in the salaries of more than a dozen part-time employees.
– 137 teachers in the district receive stipends for leading extracurricular activities such as coaching or serving as club advisors.
– More than 60 teachers will make between $50,000 and $60,000 this academic year.
– 80 teachers will earn between $60,000 and $70,000.
– More than 60 teachers will earn between $70,000 and $80,000.
– More than 50 teachers will earn between $80,000 and $90,000.
– Almost 70 teachers will earn between $90,000 and $100,000.
– More than 60 teachers will earn total salaries of more than $100,000 this academic year. Salaries are based on education and years of experience. Raises are given out based on a step system.