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

Years of Experience GCISD New Hire Salary
0 $51,500
1 $52,100
2 $52,575
3 $53,646
4 $53,946
5 $54,246
6 $54,546
7 $54,846
8 $55,146
9 $55,446
10 $55,746
11 $56,046
12 $56,346
13 $56,646
14 $56,946
15 $57,546
16 $57,546
17 $57,846
18 $58,146
19 $58,446
20 $58,746
21 $59,046
22 $59,346
23 $59,646
24 $59,946
25 $60,446
26 $60,859
27 $62,476
28 $62,928
29 $66,178
30 $67,117
31 $67,217
32 $67,317
33 $67,711
34 $69,425
35 $70,362
36 $71,290
37+ $71,497

$1,000 Master's Degree Stipend beyond Bachelor's
$3,000 Doctorate Degree Stipend beyond Bachelor's


Timeline of Compensation Changes

In five of the last six 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.

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.