Probably depends on the district, but most districts pay significantly larger starter salaries for first year teachers and then you are in no man's land, especially in the 10-20+ year zone. They want to attract new hires and kind of ignore those of us that have stuck with it for the long haul. Then the pay scales usually stop at 20-25 years. It is depressing. So don't feel too badly for those young guns. Compared to what we started at (state minimum in the good ole days),most are doing just fine. It's the people in the middle to upper end that usually don't see much if any increase.
: When I first started teaching in 2004 every
: district around the state had "step
: increases"...our yearly raise that you
: got bases on every year of experience you
: added to your teaching career.
: Flash forward to 2009 when districts around
: the state started the RIF because of budget
: shortfalls. Along with the RIF that many
: school districts were forced to do many of
: them also got rid of the annual step
: increase. If you only had 5 years experience
: then you were stuck at that step.
: Does anyone know if districts have
: reinstated this? I would hate to be a first
: year teacher and be paid like a first year
: teacher for years.