Don’t look now, but there is a battle between Midland ISD and Ector County ISD (Odessa) over teacher pay.

Midland ISD Chief Human Capital Officer Woodrow Bailey said in a press release on Wednesday, “MISD will continue to offer the highest teacher compensation package in West Texas. …Offering competitive compensation is essential as we work tirelessly to recruit and retain the best and talented teachers for our students. »

The comment came the morning after ISD Ector County board members voted to increase their starting salary to $58,750, $250 more than MISD’s starting salary.


Midland ISD also reported that the following items are included in the district budget proposal:

  • an annual incentive bonus of $1,000 for all employees, “Therefore, a beginning MISD teacher will earn at least $59,500 next year;”
  • A 100% employer-sponsored health insurance plan that “secures the district’s total compensation program as the most attractive in the region.”

Teachers appear to be the big winner in the race between Midland ISD and Ector County ISD for a starting salary of $60,000 per year for teachers.

As recently as the 2009-2010 school year, the starting salary for an MISD teacher was $40,900. MISD also noted that entry-level teacher salaries have increased nearly 10% since the 2019-2020 school year, when entry-level teacher salaries were $53,500.

In Ector County, the starting salary for teachers was $44,500 in 2017-18.

ECIDD has also increased its minimum wage for other staff to $15 per hour. Midland ISD’s minimum hourly rate has increased this year to $13.50 per hour.

“In the face of rising costs for all families, this board understands the importance of responsibly supporting the hardworking staff of Midland ISD,” MISD Board Chairman Bryan Murry said in a statement. hurry. “From teaching our students to maintaining our buildings, each of them plays a vital role in the success of our neighborhood.”

ECIDD enjoys a higher maintenance and operating tax rate, due to a tax ratification election voted by its residents. Midland ISD’s total tax rate is $0.9148 per $100 of valuation. The total ECIDD tax rate is $1.17792.

A History of Midland ISD Starting Salary for Teachers

2009-10: $40,900

2010-11: $42,000

2011-12: $42,400

2012-13: $45,000

2013-14: $47,000

2014-15: $48,000

2015-16: $49,050

2016-17: $49,050

2017-18: $49,050

2018-19: $50,000

2019-20: $53,500

2020-21: $56,500

2021-22: $57,500

2022-23: $58,500

Source: MISD

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