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New Salaries for Chicago Teachers in 1912

(Chicago, February 1912) Chicago school teachers have just received a big increase in salary. More than half a million dollars is added to the budget for salaries alone. The increases vary from $100 to $500. In many cases an increase of from $50 to $100 a year will continue for eight or nine years, until the maximum is reached, but teachers who have been in the service the required number of years get the maximum at once.

The following account is given in the Chicago Tribune of Feb. 8:

The pay of 6,500 school teachers of Chicago was raised yesterday at the meeting of the board of education. An apportionment of $8,222,345 was made for the year, more than $600,000 above that of last year. Only kindergarten teachers, of whom there are about 250, were excepted from the salary increase.

The raising of the salaries yesterday came in the regular budget and was passed unanimously. The scales of increase vary for the different grades of teaching, ranging in increases of from $100 to $500. Most of the scales provide for a gradual increase to the maximum, raising the wages from $500 to $100 on the year from the minimum to the maximum, which is reached, in most cases, in four years. Some teachers, however, are to receive $100 increases of salary every year until the maximum is reached, at eight and nine years.

New Basis of Salaries.

Following is a list of the old and new salaries:

  • Teachers of drawing and singing, elementary schools; old maximum, $1,800; new maximum, reached in eight years, $2,200.
  • High school teachers; old maximum, $2,100; new maximum, tenth subsequent years, $2,600.
  • Teachers of physical education, music, art, and manual training in high schools; set at $1,400 first year, $2,200 in ninth and subsequent years.
  • Teachers in high schools holding limited certificates as instructors as teachers of French, German, commercial subjects, or household arts; salaries set at $1,350 first year, $1,700 in seventh and subsequent years.
  • Teachers of music in high schools; set at $1,400 first year, $1,900 in sixth and subsequent years.
  • Head assistants in elementary schools; old maximum, $1,300; new maximum, reached in fifth year, $1,500.
  • Upper grade teachers; present maximum, $1,125; new maximum, reached in fourth year, $1,225.
  • Elementary teachers of the primary grades; old maximum, $1,075; new maximum, reached in the fourth year, $1,175.
  • Teachers of grammar grades; present maximum, $1,100; new maximum, reached in fourth year, $1,200.
  • Teachers of the deaf and teachers in schools for crippled children; present maximum, $1,200; new maximum, reached in the fourth year, $1,300.

Source: The Western Woman Voter, February 1912

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