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SALARIES

Minimum salaries for teachers are set by the state and are based on education level and years of teaching experience.  Salaries increase for each additional year of teaching experience and for completion of a higher degree.

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Greenville County Schools Salary Rank

Of 77 South Carolina Districts, School Year 2021-22

Like many other school districts, Greenville County Schools pays teachers above the state minimums to keep teacher pay competitive with area school districts—both in-state and out-of-state. Below are Greenville County Schools’ rankings among the 77 state, non-charter, school districts for 2021-22.

1

Rank: 1st*

1st-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree.

11

Rank: 11th

Teacher with 10 years of experience and a master’s degree.

5

Rank: 5th

Teacher with 20 years of experience and a master’s degree.

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Teacher Salary Schedules

South Carolina Minimum & Greenville County Schools, School Year 2021-22

 *Greenville County Schools’ first-year teacher salary includes four supplemental work days (beyond 190 days). 
Source: “Teacher Salary Schedules,” South Carolina Dept. of Education. (online: http://ed.sc.gov/finance/financial-data/historical-data/teacher-salary-schedules/); “Greenville County Schools Teacher Salary Schedule,” Greenville County Schools. (online: https://sites.google.com/greenvilleschools.us/employees/resources/payroll/salaries-and-pay-schedules);  Human Resources Dept., Greenville County Schools.

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Average Teacher Salary: Southeast States

School Year 2020-21

In 2020-21 the average teacher salary in Greenville County Schools was $1,228 higher than the Southeast average and South Carolina’s was slightly behind by less than $200.

Sources: Southeastern Average Teacher Salary Survey. South Carolina Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office (online: https://rfa.sc.gov/teacher-salary-projections); South Carolina Teacher Salary Information, Average Teacher Salary by District, CERRA (online:  https://www.cerra.org/research.html).

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WORK ENVIRONMENT

Teaching is both a rewarding and challenging profession. A supportive work environment with opportunities for professional growth is essential to job satisfaction and retaining good teachers.

WORK QUICK FACTS

54

Hours Worked Per Week

Hours Worked Per Week

The 2022 Merrimack College National Teacher Survey reported a median number of 54 hours worked per week by teachers.

120

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credits

Teachers are re-certified every 5 years after acquiring 120 continuing education credits during that time.

3 Years

Teacher Probationary Period

Teacher Probationary Period

Beginning teachers have a 3-year probationary period before receiving their professional certificate.

1 Year

Length of Teacher Contract

Length of Teacher Contract

South Carolina does not have teacher unions. Instead, teachers annually receive 1-year contracts.

CHALLENGES TEACHERS FACE

Teachers face numerous challenges in their work.  An important finding from a 2019 survey on public education was that half of teachers had seriously considered leaving the profession in recent years.  Their main reasons for considering leaving their jobs are listed in order below.

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Reasons Teachers Have Considered Leaving the Profession

PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, September 2019
Inadequate pay / benefits (22%)
Stress / Pressure / Burnout (19%)
Lack of respect / feeling valued (10%)
Student behavior (9%)
School administrators / board (7%)
Workload / Hours (6%)
Retirement / Age (5%)
Lack of Support (4%)
Teaching no longer enjoyable / Pursuing other interests (3%)
Paperwork (2%)
Poor working conditions (2%)
Family obligations (2%)
Testing requirements / Government involvement (2%)
Other (5%)

“Frustration in the Schools,” PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, September 2019.

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SHORTAGE

Rapid population growth in Greenville County and across South Carolina, combined with declining availability of qualified teachers, is leading to an increasing shortage of professional educators in the public K-12 education system.   The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is a recent, additional factor affecting the number of vacant teaching positions.

INCREASING OPEN POSITIONS

Open teaching positions are those for which teachers need to be hired prior to the school year. They include positions that were filled and those that were not (remained vacant). Open positions in South Carolina public schools numbered 6,010 in 2012-13 and 8,080 in 2021-22–a 34% increase.    Over the same period, open positions in Greenville County Schools increased from 399 to 539–a 35% increase.

The number of unfilled or vacant teaching positions at the start of the school year drastically increased in 2021-22 from the previous year.  In South Carolina public schools the number of vacancies went up from 699 to 1,063–a 52% increase.  In Greenville County Schools it increased from 7 to 26.

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Open Teaching Positions in South Carolina and Greenville County Schools

By Sources Used to Fill Them (2012-13 to 2021-22)

Source: Tables 3C & 5, South Carolina Annual Educator Supply & Demand Reports, Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention & Advancement (CERRA). (online: https://www.cerra.org/research.html)

DECLINING TEACHER POOL

The number of in-state students graduating with a bachelor’s degree and eligible for teacher certification decreased significantly from 2012-13 to 2017-18.  Despite higher levels the last two years, since 2012-13 the annual number of candidates has decreased by 30%.  Over the same time period public K-12 enrollment in South Carolina has grown by 7%.

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South Carolina In-State Teacher Program Graduates

School Years 2012-13 to 2019-20

Source: “Five-Year Key Teacher Supply & Demand Data,” Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement (CERRA).  (online https://www.cerra.org/research.html); Active Student Headcounts, 135-Day Active Headcount,” South Carolina Department of Education (online: https://ed.sc.gov/data/other/student-counts/active-student-headcounts/)

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