State sets base teacher salary; counties can add a little extra

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT)- The North Carolina General Assembly plays a big role in determining what teachers in our state earn.

The General Assembly votes on a base salary, but any extra money teachers make comes from supplements. How much is included in those supplements depends on the county you work in. Some counties can afford to pay larger amounts than others.

With next year’s budget in the works, Pitt County is looking into what it would cost to increase its teacher’s supplemental income. That can only happen if the school system gets enough money from county commissioners.

Board of education member Mildred Council said, “After that occurs the board of education meets and they make that decision of how we’re going to use that money.”

“The county budget, when you look at it initially you’d believe that’d there’d be a ton of money to do whatever we want, but there’re several issues in that when it comes to teacher pay,” County commissioner Glen Webb said.

In Pitt County, beginning teachers get an extra 2 percent of their salary as supplemental income. To raise that percentage to 5 would cost the county over $400,000.

That’s something both Webb and Council say would be nice if the money is there.

“I don’t think there is a commissioner that wouldn’t like to increase the supplement,” Webb said.

Pitt County Commissioners won’t meet with the Board of Education to discuss the budget until May.

Pitt County pays their proficient teachers 5 percent extra. Lenoir County adds $1,700 to its teacher salaries. Craven County adds $2,300. Onslow County adds 10 percent to teacher salaries. Greene County adds $1,000, while Martin County adds $1,200. Beaufort County adds $1,500 to $1,650. To the west, Wake County adds as much as 25 percent extra to its teacher salaries.

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