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Teacher salaries climb to 49th in state
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Director of Schools Bobby Cox.
The average school teacher in Warren County earns $47,573 a year, a mark Director of Schools Bobby Cox believes makes our school system an appealing location for educators.“I think we’ve made great strides over the past few years,” Cox said in presenting the pay numbers to the Board of Education. “This can be used as a recruiting tool for teachers, to recruit them or keep them in Warren County.”Cox pointed to statewide salary rankings which show Warren County ranks 49th out of 142 school districts in Tennessee in average pay. Cox said that figure will only improve given the fact Warren County gives some of the biggest pay raises in the state.“The average dollar raise is $1,902, which ranks us 14th out of 142,” said Cox, adding over the past five years the average percent raise has been 7.47 percent, which ranks Tennessee 22nd out of 142.Along with compensating teachers who are already working in Warren County, Cox said he is pleased with the starting teacher salary, which can be used to attract teachers into the system.“The current starting teacher salary for 2016-17 is $36,018,” said Cox, adding Warren County ranks 61st out of 142 in starting pay.As for topping the scale, Cox said the maximum teacher salary this year is $60,629, ranking Warren County 59th out of 142.“There are some areas in which we are in the top 25 in the state,” Cox said.