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, and regional schools) 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.

Tab/Accordion Items

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



Previous Years


Local Salary Supplement data is available in the Statistical Profile.


Continuation Budget Salary Schedules 2023-2024 - Educator Salaries

G.S. 143C-5-4 provides the legislation on operating without a ratified budget.  Per this statute, certified educators are required to be paid at the same level as the 2022-23 State Salary Schedules. LEAs are to use this Continuation Salary Schedules for Educators who received the bump in experience for FY2022-23. Educators who did not receive the bump in years of experience for FY2022-23 shall be paid based on the 2022-23 Salary Schedule.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact a salary analyst.

2017-18 Principals Schedules FAQ

Salary FAQ 2016-17

Determining the Hold Harmless for Teachers — Examples 2016-17

Overtime Exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

FAQs for 2023-24

Summer School

Teacher Compensation Requirements for Read to Achieve Summer Reading Camps May 2023
Teacher Compensation Requirements for Read to Achieve Summer Reading Camps

Legislated Bonuses

The following bonuses are legislated in the session law and may change from year to year.






State Funded Recruitment Supplements

The following are the recruitment supplements funded at the State level. Public school units may have their own additional local initiatives.

Principal Recruitment Supplement

Highly Qualified Teaching Graduates


Other Guidance


The State Salary Manual contains complete legislative salary information and State Board of Education salary policies.