Compensation for Public School Employees

Teachers, school administrators, and non-teaching positions in NC school districts (LEAs) are employed by local boards of education but are paid on a state salary schedule based on a number of factors. In addition to the state salary, a local supplement may be provided by the school district. Some public school employees may also receive compensation, or longevity pay, for continuing service.  Independent Public Schools (IPS - charter schools, lab schools, regional schools, and the Innovative School District) may follow the state salary schedules or determine their own.

Certified Educator Salary Schedules include teachers, certified instructional support and school based administrators. All certified educators working in Local Education Agencies (LEA) are required to be paid from the legislated salary schedule. This schedule is approved annually by the general assembly and sets a minimum pay based on the educators years of experience and education level. As a supplement to these monthly amounts, a LEA may approve additional funds to the educator to account for variances such as geographic location, market conditions or school demographics.

State Salary Schedules

State Salary Schedules

Salary schedules and daily rates for state legislated certified salaries, and salary ranges for non-certified personnel:

Local Salary Supplement data is available in the Statistical Profile.

School Building Administrator Salary 2018

2017-18 Principals Schedules FAQ

Salary FAQ 2016-17

Determining the Hold Harmless for Teachers — Examples 2016-17

Legislation and Policy

Legislation and Policy

Legislated Raises and Bonuses

Legislated Raises and Bonuses

Principals Legislated Bonus FAQ - October 2020

Teacher Legislated Bonuses FAQ - September 2020

SL 2019-247 HB 377 Section 2.5 Principal Recruitment Supplement

PRC 046 Teacher Performance Bonus 2019-2020

PRC 048 Teacher Performance Bonus 2019-2020

Principals and Teachers Bonus Summary Updated November 15, 2019

2019-20 Principal Bonus

Bonus Legislation

Highly Qualified Teaching Graduates

AP / IB Teacher Legislated Bonuses 2016-17 FAQ

State Salary Schedules 2015-16 FAQ

State Salary Schedules 2014-15 FAQ

$750 Bonus Q&A 2015-16

Bonus Leave Q&A 2013-14

2005 Bonus Leave Guidelines

State Salary Manual and Forms

State Salary Manual and Forms



Salary Audit Exceptions

Salary Audit Exceptions

Salary Audit Exception Messages Crosswalk - The exception messages displayed in the LEA License and Salary Info Center, Exception List – Results screen, have evolved over the years. To assist with associating "familiar" messages of the past with the more current messages displayed; a crosswalk has been developed.

The Key to North Carolina Licensure Areas and Program Codes (March 3, 2019) is provided as a reference to assist with interpreting information displayed throughout the online LEA License and Salary Info Center (LicSal). Salary Analysts use this reference as a tool in determining the certified salaries of Public School employees when resolving salary audit exceptions.