Competitive Compensation

GCISD pays an average teacher salary that is higher than that of the State. In addition, according to the Texas Academic Performance Report, GCISD's turnover rate is lower than that of the State and the percentage of instructional staff in GCISD has risen every year since 2012-2013.

GCISD New Hire Salary

2021-2022 New Hire Guide for Teachers, Librarians, and Nurses (RN)

Years of Experience GCISD New Hire Salary
0 $55,600
1 $55,900
2 $56,200
3 $56,500
4 $56,800
5 $57,520
6 $58,146
7 $58,696
8 $59,246
9 $59,646
10 $60,146
11 $60,446
12 $60,746
13 $61,046
14 $61,346
15 $61,676
16 $62,146
17 $62,446
18 $62,746
19 $63,046
20 $63,646
21 $63,946
22 $64,246
23 $64,546
24 $64,846
25 $65,146
26 $65,446
27 $65,746
28 $66,046
29 $66,826
30 $69,280
31 $70,528
32 $71,467
33 $72,117
34 $72,217
35 $72,525
36 $73,775
37 $74,712

The salaries listed above are based on 10‐month employment for the 2021‐2022 school year. Salary plans are determined on an annual basis and salary advancement is not guaranteed. Pay increases are based on the annual pay raise budget approved by the Board of Trustees.

$1,000 General Master's Degree Stipend

$3,000 Doctorate Degree Stipend, which is an additional $2,000 beyond the Master's Degree Stipend


Timeline of Compensation Changes

In eight out of the last nine years, GCISD has provided a compensation increase to its staff. Below is a timeline of those adjustments. Each year can be expanded to view more information.

2021-2022 - 2% Cost of Living Increase Based on Midpoint of Pay Grade for All Employees; Additional Increase of at least $600 to Staff on Teacher Pay Structure

2% Cost of Living Increase Based on Midpoint of Pay Grade for All Employees; Additional Increase of at Least $600 to Staff on Teacher Pay Structure

In June 2021, the GCISD Board of Trustees approved a compensation plan that included: 

  • A starting salary for teachers of $55,000.
  • A pay increase of at least $1,250.00 for all returning teachers, nurses and librarians.
  • A general pay increase for all other employees of 2% of midpoint of their pay grade.
  • A revised pay structure for the technology department so that technology employees are consolidated into one pay grade.

In August 2021, Trustees approved providing a pay increase of at least $600 to staff on the teacher pay structure, which includes teachers, nurses and librarians. This raise brought teachers to the 2020-2021 market median. This increase was in addition to the raise that was provided to all employees in June 2021.

2020-2021 - 1% Cost of Living Increase Based on Midpoint of Pay Grade for All Employees

1% Cost of Living Increase Based on Midpoint of Pay Grade for All Employees

In June 2020, the GCISD Board of Trustees approved a pay increase for all employees in 2020-2021. Every employee received a 1% increase of the midpoint of their pay grade.

2019-2020 - Teachers, Nurses, Counselors and Librarians All Received at Least $2,000 Pay Increase + All Other Employees Received a 2% Increase Based on Midpoint of Pay Grade

Teachers, Nurses, Counselors and Librarians All Received at Least $2,000 Pay Increase + All Other Employees Received a 2% Increase Based on Midpoint of Pay Grade

In June 2019, the GCISD Board of Trustees approved a pay increase that exceeded that of the state’s minimum requirements outlined in House Bill 3. As part of the plan, the following was approved:
   - Starting teacher salary was raised to $53,500
   - Teachers, nurses, counselors and librarians with 0-5 years experience received a $2,000 pay increase
   - Teachers, nurses, counselors and librarians with 6 or more years experience received a $2,500 pay increase
   - All other employees received a pay increase of 2% of the midpoint of their pay grade

In all, GCISD will spend $3.4 million in pay increases for staff in 2019-2020, much more than the state-required $936,000.

2018-2019 - 2.5% Cost of Living Increase Based on Midpoint of Pay Grade + Equity Adjustments

2.5% Cost of Living Increase Based on Midpoint of Pay Grade + Equity Adjustments

In May 2018, the GCISD Board of Trustees approved a pay increase for all employees in 2018-2019. Every employee received a 2.5% increase of the midpoint of their newly approved pay grade. Additionally, adjustments were made to enhance the market competitiveness.

2017-2018 - 2% Cost of Living Increase

2% Cost of Living Increase

Despite the 2017 legislative session ending with no additional funding for GCISD and the District’s “Robin Hood” payment set to increase by $12 million, the GCISD Board of Trustees approved a 2% cost of living increase for all employees.

2016-2017 - 2% Cost of Living Increase Based on Midpoint of Pay Grade

2% Cost of Living Increase Based on Midpoint of Pay Grade

The GCISD Board of Trustees approved a pay increase for all employees in 2016-2017. Every employee received a 2% increase of the midpoint of their pay grade.

2015-2016 - No Adjustment

2014-2015 - 2% Cost of Living Increase Based on Midpoint of Pay Grade + Equity Adjustments

2% Cost of Living Increase Based on Midpoint of Pay Grade & Equity Adjustments

Throughout 2014-2015, GCISD worked with the Texas Association of School Boards to conduct a thorough compensation analysis of all wage and salary structures, including extra-duty and stipend pay. GCISD did so to determine if pay practices where internally equitable and externally competitive.

Based on this work, the GCISD Board of Trustees approved in June 2015 a restructure of the GCISD compensation program to bring all pay groups closer to the market in the area. All teachers saw a minimum increase of $1,250, an average of 2% of the median teacher pay. Also, additional equity adjustments were made to bring pay closer to the market. All non-teaching staff saw a 2% increase of the midpoint of their new pay group and some equity adjustments were also made.

The starting teacher pay was also increased from $47,600 to $50,000.

2013-2014 - 2% Cost of Living Increase + One-Time Payment (greater of 1% or $500)

2% Cost of Living Increase

In the 2011 legislative session, the legislature cut $14 million from the GCISD budget. In 2013, $1.6 million of the previously cut funds were returned to GCISD. Therefore, in the July 2013 GCISD Board of Trustees meeting, a 2% cost of living adjustment for all GCISD employees was approved. A 2% increase to GCISD’s payroll costs is approximately $1.6 million, meaning GCISD passed all of its additional state funding to its employees.


One-Time Payment

During the November 2013 GCISD Board of Trustees meeting, a one-time lump-sum payment of compensation to employees was passed. This was made possible as a result of the above mentioned $1.6 million returned to GCISD, as well as all employees’ continued careful management of expenditures over the past several years. The 2012-2013 annual financial audit reported that GCISD’s expenditures came in at 96% of what was budgeted.

Full-time employees employed prior to March 1, 2013 received a payment of 1% of their gross-base pay, or $500, whichever was greater. Part-time employees employed prior to March 1, 2013 received 1% of their gross-base pay. Payments were made in the November payroll.