Study shows new W-JCC teachers earn less than peers

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New teachers in W-JCC make less than those in surrounding districts

A recent study shows new teachers in Newport News and York County make more than starting teachers in Williamsburg-James City County.

An educational consulting firm in Williamsburg, The Crim Dell Group delved into teacher compensation in 18 school divisions in southeast Virginia — Charles City, Chesapeake, Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, King and Queen, King William, Mathews, New Kent, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Surry, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg-James City County and York.

All divisions use their own versions of salary schedules — charts that allow teachers to determine how much they should be paid based on number of years of experience and level of education attained.

The Crim Dell study ranked teacher salaries according to an instructor's experience, maximum salary and average salary for the 2015-16 school year.

First-time teachers with bachelor's degrees in Williamsburg-James City County School start at $40,905, while those in surrounding areas make more — in York County they make $42,261 and $41,500 in Newport News.

At a Jan. 16 budget retreat, W-JCC School Board discussed adding a step on its schedule for first-year teachers to help recruit new teachers and another proposal to provide teachers with one to two-percent raises to offset stagnant pay since the recession.

The board did not make decisions on any compensation issues. The division still developing its budget, school officials said this week.

Of the 18 divisions in the study, first-time teachers in Charles City make the lowest salary, $37,425

The highest paid new teachers make $45,598 and work in Surry. Rounding out the top three are teachers in Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, at $43,977 and $42,810, respectively, the study shows.

The average starting salary for the eighteen divisions is $40,696 for 2015-16, with a median of $40,703, the study shows.

There's a fourth category in the study, maximum salary regardless of experience. Williamsburg-James City pays the most at $77,945. York ranks second in the Peninsula area at $75,656.

Daily Press reporter Jane Hammond contributed to this report.

Reach Canty at (757) 345-2341.

Starting salaries for first-time teachers with a bachelor's degree in region

Williamsburg-James City County: $40,905

York County: $42,261

Newport News: $41,500

Hampton: $40,500

Poquoson: $38,931

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