A Leap of Faith: Redesigning Teacher Compensation

This report on teacher compensation from the School Finance Redesign Project at Center on Reinventing Public Education, published in June 2008 by Michael DeArmond and Dan Goldhaber, analyzes three teacher compensation studies that strive to answer the question “Are there good ideas about better ways to spend money to attract and reward quality educators?”. The study considers combat pay, pay reform, and private sector v. teacher salary markets.

“To explore how high incentives have to be to attract people with technical degrees and strong academic backgrounds to teaching and to attract teachers to work in high-needs schools, we compared the structure of compensation in the teacher labor market to the structure of compensation in other labor markets…We also found that regardless of college major or college selectivity, the longer a person teaches, the more his or her wages fall behind.” (6)

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