The following was included in TCTA's 2018-19 Survival Guide, the ultimate reference tool for Texas educators, and is current as of September 2018 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. These provisions do not apply to charter schools and may be modified by school districts with a District of Innovation plan. Legislation passed in 2011 gives districts the flexibility to lower salaries below 2010-11 levels and to implement furloughs if the commissioner of education certifies that a district has less state and local funding than it did in 2010-11.

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 main school finance formula. 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.

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.

See also: Salary Schedule/Compensation