2016 Teacher Salaries in McHenry County Schools

Wish later statistics were available, but the information is still interesting.

Besides the average salaries, the percentage of school operating budgets that go for teachers’ salaries is provided.

The highest average teacher salary is found in Crystal Lake High School District 155.

Nothing is even close to its $89,382.

Other high school districts come next.

I’ve always thought that a result of the 1973 Resource Equalizer State Aid to Education formula having been written by high school teacher Gene Hoffman.  I think the formula had a built-in advantage for high school districts that grade school districts did not figure out in time to have an impact.

Of interest to teachers will probably be the low percentage of many school districts’ operating budgets going for teacher salaries.

The state average is 38%.

The highest percentages the Riley Grade School District and the Alden-Hebron Unit School Distrit–Riley over 60% and Alden-Hebron just under.

All the others are lower than 50%, with Algonquin’s District 300 being at a stunning low 26%!


McHenry County School Districts 2016
Average Teacher Salaries
DISTRICT Average Teacher Salary Teacher Salaries Percent of Oper Budget
Nippersink Grade Sch 2 $55,803 43%
Fox River Grove Grade Sch 3 56,283 36%
McHenry Grade Sch 15 64,383 30%
Riley Grade Sch 18 63,073 63%
Cary Grade Sch 26 51,977 36%
Harrison Grade Sch 36 42,770 33%
Prairie Grove Grade Sch 46 53,439 36%
Crystal Lake Grade Sch 47 58,144 42%
Marengo-Union Grade Sch 165 51,904 45%
Marengo High Sch 154 68,780 33%
Crystal Lake High Sch 155 89,382 41%
McHenry High Sch 156 69,522 36%
Richmond-Burton High Sch 157 56,505 30%
Johnsburg Unit Dist 12 63,297 34%
Alden Hebron Unit Dist 19 42,366 57%
Harvard Unit Dist 50 47,288 36%
Huntley Unit Dist 158 58,972 39%
Woodstock Unit Dist 200 59,845 40%
Algonquin Unit Dist 300 56,921 26%
State Average $55,071 38%
Chicago $71,668 41%


2016 Teacher Salaries in McHenry County Schools — 4 Comments

  1. D155: It’s for the kids…! Yeah….it is! If we keep telling you enough you will believe it…!

  2. ADEQUACY TARGETS have been determined very precisely by New Illinois State Law,
    which is called “Evidence Based Funding” (an ironic homage to ACA?)

    Specific job titles, student-to-job ratios, and cost-assumed-per-job-title are defined in the formula which the State now uses to distribute new funding to schools.

    So if a school district chooses to non-uniformly overpay any particular job description, it will at least be transparent to those who care to look.

    (The per-job-salaries allowed in Adequacy Target Funding Formula are not available in this document, which is the only one easily locate don ISBE EBF Funding page).


    The question then is, what happens to districts which overspend on certain people or projects NOT considered ‘evidence-based’, then cry poor to the voters?

    There seems to be a built-in incentive to NOT fulfill the ratios and requirements in the EBF formula categories, so that the district’s ‘adequacy target funding level’ falls below 70%, so that triggers extra State funding.

    Which is not to say that the money isn’t being taxed and spent, but spent instead on extravagant salaries or superfluous jobs or pet building projects.

  3. Take home pay for everyone else is reduced by 6,2% for SocSec withholding, and we must pay for additional retirement savings ourselves.
    And our typical work requirements are 250 days work annually.
    By contrast,

    Woodstock D200 teachers have it 1.2% of salary withholding, for a pension worth 400% of max social security payments.
    AND teachers pensions began at age 53, 12 years sooner than social security.
    Teachers contract calls for 160 work days annually.

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