Teacher salaries are on the rise, according to a study released this week by the Texas Association of School Boards and the Texas Association of School Administrators.

A total of 605 school districts responded to the survey, which is 59 percent of the districts in the State of Texas. According to the salary survey, the average teacher salary in responding districts is $48,650 for 2009-2010, which is up 3.2 percent from the 2008-2009 average.

Average pay increases dropped among other school employee groups. Administrators received the lowest average pay increase at 2.6 percent, which professional support staff (excluding teachers) saw an average increase of 2.9 percent. Clerical/professional and auxiliary personnel received average increases of 3 and 29 percent respectively, according to the study.

For Education Service Center Region 2, which covers the Coastal Bend area, 29 school districts responded to the survey, which included 5,934 teachers. The average salary of those reporting districts in ESC-2 is $46,011. According to the study, the average starting salary for a new teacher is $35,793, a 4.5 increase from the 2008-2009 average, and 31 percent higher than the state minimum starting salary of $27,320.

Of the districts participating in the study, 29 percent have an entry level salary of $40,000 or higher. Furthermore, 25 percent of these districts have an entry-level salary of $45,000 or higher.

According to the Professional Salary Schedule 2009-2010 for the Alice Independent School District, released by AISD Personnel Director Jerry Cavazos, the annual salary for a first-year teacher with a bachelorís degree is $33,450.88, which is $6,130 above the state minimum for first-year teachers. District teachers with masterís degrees receive a $1,000 stipend, while counselors receive a $1,500 stipend above the bachelors degree level salary. The AISD Professional Salary Schedule has 20 steps for teachers from the first-year through the 20th year of experience.

Teachers in the 20th year of service receive a salary of $50,010, with a bachelors degree.