Daily Herald Looks at Teacher Salaries

Some might find the information in the following article of interest:

Tax Watchdog: One-third of suburban educators paid more than $90,000

More than 35 percent of educators in 95 suburban school districts were paid more than $90,000 last year. But there were wide disparities, from 86 percent of educators getting that much in Libertyville High School District 128 to just 3.8 percent in Fox Lake Elementary District 114. Full Story

Here are the figures found by the Jake Griffin of gthe Daily Herald:

  • School District and Percentage of Teachers with over $90,000 in Compensation
  • Algonquin Unit District – 11%
  • Barrington Unit District – 44.5%
  • Cary Grade School District – 9.5%
  • Crystal Lake Grade School District – 7.1%
  • Crystal Lake High School District – 58.7%
  • Fox River Grove Grade School District – 12.5%
  • Huntley Unit School District – 9.5%
  • McHenry Grade School District – 19.1%
  • McHenry High School District – 22.4%


Daily Herald Looks at Teacher Salaries — 18 Comments

  1. A few of the smartest people I’ve known, went to Illinois Public Schools.

    All of the stupidest people I’ve known, went to Illinois Public Schools.

  2. The salary and pensions that teachers in this area get for a 3/4 time job is amazing!

  3. Illinois Public Education sector has the 9th highest pay per capita in the Country behind
    MA, AK, MD, VT, CT, NY, NJ, and WY having the highest pay.

  4. School board elections are April 2, 2019.

    Here is the current candidate list, organized by school district, on the McHenry County Clerk’s website:


    Here is the candidate list, organized by property taxing district, for April 2, 2019 elections other than school board.



    To best compare, one needs the number of years taught, and a sort by elementary / middle school, and high school.

    Without this information one only has a general idea.

    For instance comparing Barrington to Crystal Lake.

    Barrington has a unit district (includes elementary / middle school, and high school).

    Crystal Lake separate districts for elementary and high school.

    A few different combined elementary / middle school districts, and one high school district.


    Elementary / middle school districts are typically referred to as elementary school districts.


    Another good measurement is to look at salary hikes for individuals over time.

    A lot of those are eye openers.


    And also it’s important to look at pensionable income, which includes stipends.

    The school district published salaries and salaries posted on the ISBE website don’t include stipends in salaries, and don’t list stipends as a separate column.

  5. For having a college degree, and I’m sure many have Masters degrees, and years of service they have put in, the pay is mediocre.

  6. Actually they are getting the equivalent of $120K per year because they do not work the summer months and they also get many days off for phony holidays and long school breaks such as Spring and Christmas.

  7. Compare nurses’ total benefits packages for equivalent work hours.
    It is stunning how much more teachers are compensated per hour than nurses.

    Know that nurse salaries are “wage-controlled” as a practical matter: healthcare is not free-market in Illinois, politically controlled ‘Certificate Of Need’ is required to open a skilled care facility.

    Consider that nurses have no post-employment free health insurance for life, no Constitutionally guaranteed, publicly funded retirement with cost-of-living-adjustments for inflation.

    Conclude that children may be urged by parents in the medical profession to pursue any career EXCEPT medicine; job satisfaction becomes irrelevant when one cannot afford a lifetime in a profession which society holds in such low value relative to public sector employees.

  8. Re: ” the pay is mediocre.”

    Really? While you peruse the numbers below, remember ONLY public sector employees have Constitutionally guaranteed pensions totally funded with tax dollars!

    Keep in mind teachers have a 180 day work year.

    Private sector employees with four weeks vacation have a 234 day work year.

    And don’t give me that crap about teachers taking work home – so do I in the private sector and I do not get time during the day for class prep nor does my employer refund my tuition to get more degrees to bump up my salary!

    Average pay in Illinois based on degree:

    Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) $63,876
    Master of Arts (MA) $57,977
    Bachelor of Engineering (BEng / BE) $80,522
    Associate of Applied Science (AAS) $52,218
    Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) $51,541
    Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (BSME) $73,227
    Bachelor’s Degree $61,018
    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) $88,418
    Master of Business Administration (MBA) $91,426
    Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance $101,544
    Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) $66,813
    Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering (BSEE) $84,503
    Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) $57,206
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) $80,654
    Bachelor of Business (BB) $61,970
    Master of Education (MEd) $57,767
    Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) $58,757
    Associate of Business Administration (ABA) $53,430
    Master of Social Work (MSW) $47,977
    Associate of Arts (AA) $50,398
    Bachelor of Finance (BFin) $65,158
    Master of Engineering (MEng / ME) $82,107
    Master of Accounting (MAcc) $68,249
    Master of Computer Science (MCS) $86,761
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) $91,475
    Bachelor of Technology (BT / BTech) $78,695
    Associate of Science (AS) $55,407


  9. Dentbla,

    By what standard is the pay for teachers “mediocre”?

    We are excited to see your analysis!

    You may use any tool of analysis you wish to show us ignorant plebes how a ten month 90k job with paid sick leave, paid vacation, platinum health benefits, paid advanced education, paid retirement after 25 years with full benefits and yearly fixed rate COLA is low pay.

    Do tell.

  10. My Mom wanted me to be a Brain Surgeon and I would have been a crappy one.

    But then again, just look at how many crappy brains are out there.

  11. All college degrees are not created equal.

    Taken as a group, incoming undergraduate students intending to major in education have some of the lowest median ACT/SAT scores of any intended major.

    Likewise, students seeking a graduate degree in education have some of lowest median GRE scores of any intended major.

    The coursework required by most education programs is Mickey Mouse stuff that would not really challenge a reasonably bright high school student.

    Obtaining a bachelor’s or master’s degree in education is in no way, shape or form an equivalent achievement to obtaining a bachelor’s or masters degree in a STEM field.

    Even a liberal arts degree is considerably more difficult to attain.

  12. In the private sector, professionals such as nurses, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, computer system analysts need continuing education (courses, seminars, etc) to keep up with technological and other advances in their profession. They need to do this over their entire career of 25, 30, 35 years to be relevant. In contrast, non-STEM teachers such as in literature, composition, history, etc do not need as much continuing education in order to be effective.

  13. bred… do you know any teachers?

    They are constantly having to keep up with advances in their profession, but changing to curriculum and standards to changing technology.

    Teaching is as much of an ever-evolving field as man of those other professions.

  14. questioning, If that’s true, i sure hope she’s not a driver’s ed. teacher!

    “Hill, a Republican from Woodstock, pleaded guilty on Christmas Eve to misdemeanor DUI stemming from an arrest in October, when she was county board chairwoman. She also must pay court costs of $2,600 and in February she will sit before a victim impact panel where she will hear stories told by those whose lives have been affected by drunk drivers.

    Police said Hill was stopped for improper lane usage on Seminary Avenue in Woodstock at about 1:40 a.m. Oct. 10.

    Woodstock authorities said that at the traffic stop, Hill failed a field sobriety test, declined a breath test, was cooperative and did not bring up her political office.”


  15. Ever evolving fields?

    In medicine, docs and nurses pay for their own CME.

    Teachers CE are covered by taxpayers.

    If continuing education is a rationale for extraordinary post employment benefits, why doesn’t society demand the same be provided to doctors and nurses as is to public school administrators and teachers?

  16. The Daily Herald article included only “certificated” school district employees.

    Certificated employees are teachers and administrators holding a certificate.

    A few notes about that.

    Holding a certificate is a requirement to teach and for many administrative positions (substitute teachers are not required to hold the same level of certificate as teachers).

    Senate Bill 1799 (SB 1799), signed into law as Public Act 97-0607 (PA 97-0607) on August 26, 2011 by Democrat Governor Pat Quinn, revamped educator licensure (certification requirements) in Illinois.

    There is a public educator licensure lookup in the Illinois State Board of Educator (ISBE) Educator Licensture Information System (ELIS):



    The Daily Herald article did not include “non-certificated” school district employees.

    Non-certificated employees are administrators without a certificate, and other non teaching employees such as support staff, operations, maintenance, technology, transportation, staff, etc.


    Certificated employees contribute to the TRS pension fund.

    Non-certificated employees contribute to the IMRF pension fund.


    There are non certificated employees in many school districts that earn over $90,000.

    The ISBE Annual Statement of Affairs (ASA), used as a source by Jake Griffin in the article, does not have a break down of non-certificated school district employees earning over $90,000.

    But, that information can be obtained via the Open the Books IMRF report for school districts.


    CHSD 155 non certificated (thus they participate in the IMRF pension fund) employees with over $90K pensionable income in 2017, per Open the Books:

    Jeffrey Daurer – $146,770 – Director of Operations

    George Divenere – $141,438 – Director of Technology

    Shannon Mortimer Podzimek – $96,145 – Director of Communications

    John Trey Breeden III – $92,954 – Technical Program Manager, Head Wrestling Coach at Prairie Ridge


    The technical team and communications team should least provide citizens the ability to quickly download a searchable board packet (Information Packet on the district website) in pdf format.

    Currently clicking on Information Packet redirects to the pokey online.fliphtml5.com; the next step is to print to pdf (which cuts off some text on the right hand margin); the next step is to enhance the scan to recognize the text to be able to search using the find feature in Adobe, assuming one has that tool, and each taxpayer has to do that; overly time consuming and a sub-par output.


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