Starting Pay for Teachers in Alabama May Very Well Increase

Alabama’s starting teacher pay could very well be going up to $47,600.  That would be the highest among neighboring states – that’s if Governor Kay Ivey gets her way.

That’s a 7.6% increase over this year’s $44,226 – topping previous raises that teachers have received.   Teachers with three or more years of experience will receive a 2% raise, and that impacts all K-12 and community college education employees.  Ivey addressed the proposal in her State of the State address on Tuesday evening. 

If lawmakers say YES – this will be the fourth consecutive year teachers will have gotten raises – and the seventh out of nine of the years Ivey has been governor:

  • 2017 – 2% to 4% depending on salary level
  • 2019 – 2.5%
  • 2020 – 4%
  • 2022 – 2%
  • 2023 – 4%
  • 2024 – 2%

A “Starting Salary” for teachers was $36,867 when Ivey became governor in April of 2017.  Alabama Education Association Executive Director Amy Marlowe says she’s cautiously optimistic, about lawmakers enacting that proposal.


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