Index: Education / Subcategory: K-12

Teachers - Salary

Date updated: 05/31/2013

What this chart shows: Average Teacher Salary in Colorado and School Districts in Larimer County, 2003-04 to 2012-13

Data Source: Colorado Department of Education

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What the above data tell us:

Between 2003-04 and 2012-13, average salaries in Park School District had the highest percentage increase (16.8%) followed by Poudre (15.0%) and Thompson (8.3%). The large increase in salaries seen in Park School District between 2005-06 and 2006-07 was due to an effort by the Park superintendent to recruit and retain educators in that district.

Teachers' base salaries are tied to two factors: years of experience and additional education. According to district officials, elementary school teachers tend to remain in their positions longer than other teachers. This creates more years of experience, thus increasing the base salary average.

Retiring teachers, who are then replaced with lower paid, less experienced teachers, are often given as the reason whenever a district experiences a drop in average teacher salaries.

Additional Information:

Related Information on COMPASS-

Other Resources -

Industry Standards or Targets-

American Federation of Teachers - this site contains surveys and analyses of teacher salary trends.

Data Tables:

Average Teacher Salary in Colorado & Larimer County School Districts

School Year

Colorado

Poudre

Thompson

Park

2003-04

$43,330 $42,244 $43,266 $39,333

2004-05

$43,965 $43,722 $43,848 $40,312

2005-06

$44,456 $44,148 $43,763 $39,897

2006-07

$45,831 $45,529 $44,031 $46,793

2007-08

$47,493 $47,380 $44,873 $47,143

2008-09

$48,485 $48,639 $45,951 $45,208

2009-10

$49,181 $48,695 $46,740 $45,976

2010-11

$49,228 $48,166 $46,180 $46,581

2011-12

$49,046 $48,472 $47,313 $46,365

2012-13

$49,118 $48,580 $46,868 $45,948

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