HB 530 is now a reality!
This historic teacher pay raise will go into effect starting the 2022-2023 school year and is a step forward in improving Mississippi’s educator pipeline crisis.
House Bill 530
We created a quick reference guide about the details of the final pay plan, including the full pay schedule.
We have been receiving many questions about the details of the new law. To see our frequently asked questions, click here. If you have any questions, please email Toren Ballard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s in the final bill?
The final bill has several components:
- An increase to the starting salary and increases for EVERY year of experience
- Yearly step raises beginning in a teacher’s second year
- An increased step raise every five years
- An immediate phase-in of pay raises beginning on July 1, 2022 (meaning teachers will not wait two years for the full raise)
- A $2,000 raise for teacher assistants
UPDATED AS OF 10:19 AM on MARCH 31, 2022:
This is what the salary schedule would look like for each licensure level:
Based on these numbers, teachers will receive an average raise of approximately $5,151 and about 96% of teachers will receive a raise of at least $4,000. The average starting salary will increase to $41,650—surpassing the 2019-2020 regional ($39,754) and national ($41,163) average starting salaries. (We do not currently have figures for the 2021-2022 average starting salary, so it is unclear if the new average will surpass that.) The overall average salary for Mississippi teachers will be somewhere in the $51,000-$52,000 range, which is higher than the current overall average but lower than the regional average of $55,205. The new salary schedule, including raises for teacher assistants, would cost an additional $246 million a year.
Read our detailed analysis of HB 530 to learn more about how the bill progressed throughout the 2022 legislative session.