The following was included in TCTA's 2020-21 Survival Guide, the ultimate reference tool for Texas educators, and is current as of September 2020 but is subject to change. The information below is for information purposes only, and is not intended to substitute for advice from an attorney.

The Texas Education Code establishes a state minimum salary schedule that must be implemented by Texas public school districts for specific public education professionals: Texas classroom teachers, full-time librarians, full-time counselors and full-time school nurses (RNs only). There is no state minimum salary for any other position. Provisions regarding the state minimum salary schedule do not apply to charter schools and may be modified by school districts with a District of Innovation plan. 

State minimum salary schedule

Thanks to a TCTA-drafted provision in state law, the minimum salary is tied to increases in the basic allotment, the basic level of school funding. Districts that pay above the state minimum salary schedule are not required to pass through step increases as long as each covered employee is paid at least the state minimum for each step for each 10 months of employment. Salaries may even be reduced subject to the restrictions below, so it is important to be aware of any local polices relating to compensation.

Compensation increases

HB 3 required districts (including charter schools and DOIs) to increase compensation for non-administrative employees using at least 30% of any new, additional funding. This provision is ongoing, with the intent that increased state funding in future years will result in higher salaries. 

Salary reductions

Several decisions of the commissioner of education provide that any salary reduction must be adopted no later than the date that an employee can resign from a district without penalty (45 calendar days prior to the first day of instruction). A district that intends to reduce the salary of an individual teacher or other educator subject to the minimum salary schedule must notify the employee by the same deadline. School districts enacting a widespread reduction in salaries for classroom teachers due to financial conditions also must reduce the salaries of administrators and other professional employees by a commensurate percentage.

State minimum salary schedule for 2020-21

Years Experience* Minimum Salary
0 $33,660
1 $34,390
2 $35,100
3 $35,830
4 $37,350
5 $38,880
6 $40,410
7 $41,830
8 $43,170
9 $44,440
10 $45,630
11 $46,770
12 $47,850
13 $48,850
14 $49,810
15 $50,710
16 $51,570
17 $52,370
18 $53,140
19 $53,860
20 and over $54,540

*Total years of creditable experience as of Sept. 1.

See also:

Incentive Pay

Salary Schedule/Compensation