EIA Exclusive: The Latest Staff Salary Figures from NEA Affiliates. Each year, NEA collects information about the salaries and benefits paid to employees of its state affiliates all across the nation. The survey contains the most comprehensive data about staff compensation outside of the payroll records and collective bargaining agreements themselves. Naturally, NEA tends to keep the survey close to the vest. Indeed, EIA hasn’t seen one of these surveys since 1996… until now.
EIA is in possession of the latest survey, which amassed wage and benefit data for the just completed school year, along with a 10-year history of average salary information for both professional and support staff. The survey contains no information on union elected officials (presidents, VPs, treasurers), nor does it contain information on union executives and managers (executive directors, department heads, general counsels). The data are divided into two categories: professional staff (UniServ directors, communications, etc.) and support staff (secretaries, administrative assistants, etc.).
The highest professional staff salaries belong to the New Jersey Education Association, which average$100,018. Connecticut professional staffers come in second at $93,115, and California is third with $92,010. Bringing up the rear is South Carolina at $42,091. At $50,764, NEA-Alaska had the highest paid support staffers. Professional staffers of the California Teachers Association are at the top in total compensation, thanks to a retirement plan that contributes almost $20,000 per employee per year. CTA’s UniServ directors average $135,434 in salary plus benefits, one of 18 state affiliates in which the professional staff compensation package reaches six figures.
Average salaries can fluctuate wildly from year to year, especially in small affiliates, when highly paid experienced staffers retire and are replaced by lower-paid new employees. Fortunately, the NEA survey also provides average salary data for the last 10 years, which allows for some leveling out of these spikes. The highest average professional salary increase last year came from the Virginia Education Association. UniServ directors there made $68,660, an 18.5 percent increase from 1999. Professionals saw double-digit average pay hikes in Texas, North Carolina and Nevada. The Nevada State Education Association also had the largest average pay increase since 1991– 66.0 percent. Support staffers in North Carolina saw a 27.1 percent average pay raise last year, while Delaware, California and New Hampshire also saw double-digit increases. Since 1991, Nevada support staffers have seen their average pay more than double — a 100.4 percent increase to $35,328.
Alaska staffers lead the nation with 47 days off (vacation plus holidays), while no affiliate has fewer than 27 days off per year for any of its staffers.