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.

2017-18 Principals Schedules FAQ

Salary FAQ 2016-17

Determining the Hold Harmless for Teachers — Examples 2016-17



Legislated Bonuses

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

Current Year

Previous 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

State Salary Manual and Forms

State Salary Manual and Forms