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Teacher Compensation Calculator

Can you design a more effective teacher compensation system with your current budget?

Teacher compensation systems vary widely across districts and are complex. Our Teacher Compensation Calculator can help. Designed for districts with a traditional step/lane salary schedule, it provides insight into the big “buckets” of teacher compensation—pay for starting salary, experience, education, roles and contribution, effectiveness—allowing you to compare three compensation strategies: the current baseline, approaches based on effectiveness steps and, approaches based on changes to career pathways.

Use the Teacher Compensation Calculator to help you envision how compensation can attract, retain, and leverage highly effective teachers as you move from career and compensation approaches unconnected to performance or contribution, to strategies that foster growth and reward contribution.

Compare budget strategies:

  1. Baseline Strategy: Set the baseline to approximate the conditions of your district right now

  2. Effectiveness Steps Strategy: Transition from steps based only on experience to steps based on effectiveness (as defined by the district) while investing in teacher roles and contribution.

  3. Career Pathways Strategy: Design a system that strengthens school leadership, accelerates learning, and enriches teaching career paths, with opportunities for increasing the contributions of school leaders and teachers as they progress through their careers.


Evaluating teacher compensation is just one way we can make the teaching profession more dynamic, rewarding, collaborative and sustainable. Learn more about redesigning the teaching job.

Teacher Compensation Calculator
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