September 9, 2019
September 2019 | Memorandum 1159
Stagnant Teacher Salaries in Michigan: Recent Impact of Unfunded Retirement Obligations
- Even as the average amount of per-pupil spending has increased 12 percent over the past five years, the new dollars are not finding their way into teachers’ paychecks. The statewide average teacher salary has remained at about $62,000.
- Required pension obligation payments have taken on greater priority in education spending. Despite recent retirement system reforms, more and more school spending is going to meet unfunded retirement liabilities.
- Unless changes can be made to ensure retirement obligations are met while providing adequate funding for other educational services, the outlook for Michigan’s teacher salaries remains gloomy.