Tentative agreement between teachers’ union, school district increases teacher salaries

A tentative agreement has been reached between the Edmonds Education Association teachers union and the Edmonds School District. The agreement includes an approximately $10,000 raise for starting and top salaries compared to last year’s salaries.

The agreement has not yet been ratified by the union or formally accepted by the Edmonds School District. Both are expected to happen later this month.

“We have reached a tentative agreement,” said Edmonds School District spokeswoman Kelly Franson. “We are waiting on the union to ratify the contract.”

Last year, starting teachers made $52,688, and top-paid teachers made $101,022. Under the new agreement, starting teachers would make $62,688 and top-paid teachers would make $114,272.

Additionally, the time it takes to get to top pay would be compressed from 28 years to 14 years.

Pay structure would remain similar to what is currently in place, where teachers are paid more based on their education level and how many years they have been teaching. (Click here to view the current pay schedule).

“We feel very positive about the tentative agreement we have reached,” said Andi Nofziger, president of the Edmonds Education Association. “We are thrilled that we were able to do it before the end of August so teacher’s know their stability going into the school year.”

The negotiated pay increase is related to additional funding from the state due to the McCleary case. Click here to read more about McCleary from our online news partner The Seattle Times.

The Edmonds Education Association is expected to ratify the contract during its meeting on Aug. 28. The Edmonds School Board is expected to confirm the ratified contract shortly after.

— By Natalie Covate

12 Replies to “Tentative agreement between teachers’ union, school district increases teacher salaries”

    1. Don are you looking for the days teachers are scheduled to work? Number of pay checks received for their work and when those checks are paid? Not sure what you are looking for.


  1. Back in the day, teachers were paid on a 9-month basis, and could pursue summer employment to fill in the gap. Is that still the case?


    1. Teachers are only paid for their work during the school year. That pay is amortized over 12 months to make household budgeting easier. Teachers are allowed to have other jobs as long as those jobs don’t interfere with their teaching duties.


  2. Based on the 2018-19 calendar on ESD site the first day for teachers is Aug 29 and the last day of school is June 20. So it looks like teachers have two month in the summer off. Snow make up days would shorten the time off.


  3. In Portland we had the choice to have our salary paid during 9 months or 12 months.
    But of course we worked from early September to mid June.


  4. It is unfortunate that the State does not pick up the full salary for our teachers. Edmonds has to rely on local levy dollars to pay the difference.


  5. Thanks all for your answers…

    As an aside, it is interesting that with the McCleary humongous property tax increase this year that the Edmonds available housing inventory that is for sale has increased…any relationship??


    1. No, McCleary taxes cause a shift from Local to State for school funding. Transit taxes are net new and caused the most increase.


  6. Usually there are some snow days built into the teaching schedule. It is only when it goes over the allotted time that teachers have to make up the time
    Teaching is a child friendly job because most school holidays for kids are also teacher holidays with a few exceptions.


  7. There are summer trainings required for many teachers which shorten their “time off” in the summer – which many years have been in July. This year’s mandatory trainings for me are in the end of June and the end of August – but I have other days in August I need to meet with parents and set up my classroom besides training days – so really compacted time if I were to try to work another job. Additionally – teachers need to attend classes to retain their certificate – which we often do in the summer – paying for it ourselves – so a negative cash and time flow there. What other job has that? The idea that teachers have two months off in the summer is not always the case – A little more than a month is more accurate.


  8. It would have been more prudent to give the teachers an annual bonus(like many businesses do) rather than putting such an increase into their salaries that inflates their base salary…


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