Teacher contract settlements that cover the 2022-23 school year are averaging 3.25% (3.13% for 2021-22).
Results from our recent Teacher’s Contract Negotiations survey to the 193 districts whose teacher’s contracts expired on 6/30/2022 (with 91% of the districts responding so far) indicate approximately 132 of those districts have reached a successor agreement, some of which are pending ratification (only ratified settlements are represented in the settlement rates NJSBA reports). Teacher’s contracts which start with the 2022-23 school year are reporting an average salary increase of 3.49% for 2022-23 (based upon 102 ratified settlements) and 3.35% for 2023-24.
SPECIAL NOTE: NJSBA has observed teacher contract settlements where a “percentage plus dollars” approach has been utilized in recently reported salary increases. Essentially, an agreement is reached on a percentage increase, then additional dollars are negotiated and added to the settlement for “guide enhancement”. However, some districts, in the reporting of their increases, may not have included that additional money.
It has always been our standard to report the increase in the salary base over the previous year, as a percentage, inclusive of increment and any increases to longevity (if applicable). Now, it’s vital the additional monies being added also be included, because it is a true reflection of what is being spent on salary increases.
We would like to reassure the users of this data that NJSBA is making every effort to verify the salary increases are reported in the same fashion. As a result, we have modified our survey to include a question on additional monies added to the salary guide that may not have been reflected in the negotiated percentage increase, as well as requesting a copy of the memorandum of agreement so we can verify, to the best of our ability, the increases are being reported honestly and accurately. The increases shown in our reports that include an additional dollar amount are denoted with an asterisk (*) along with a description of what has occurred. We continue to encourage boards of education to report the actual effective settlement rate – the total increase to their salary base over the previous year – when completing our survey.
It is important when examining settlement rates that you view each district’s settlement in its’ entirety. The rates listed above do not show the complete picture of concession/givebacks that the board gained from the union. Please reference the report Settlement Rates in Perspective for details on each district’s reported achievements.
To view a chart of average settlement rates since 2007-08 school year through today, please click on this link: Historical Settlement Chart
For a listing of settlements which begin with the 2022-23 school year, as well as other comparative data reports, please log in the Current Negotiations Data (members-only) section.
*NOTE: Districts are asked to supply their settlement increases inclusive of the cost of increment. Tentative settlements are not calculated into the above averages until fully ratified by both parties.
All settlement information is reported to NJSBA through surveys to the district administration offices. The data contained in our reports is only as complete as the information we receive from each district. Therefore, our ability to provide you with the most comprehensive data available depends on you. If you’ve recently settled your teacher’s contract and that settlement does not appear in the above report, please complete this Teacher Contract Settlement Survey or contact Sandy Raup, Business Data Analyst, at (609) 278-5224 or email@example.com.