SPRINGFIELD (HOI) — Illinois teachers will get a mandatory pay bump for the first time in decades with new legislation signed by Gov. JB Pritzker Thursday.
The new legislation, HB2078, is to address the teacher shortage across the state, raising the minimum salary to $40,000 over the next four years. The first increase will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.
According to a release by Pritzker’s office, the current minimum salary for what a teacher must be paid is a salary of $9,000 to $11,000.
According to the National Education Association, the average teacher salary in Illinois is $64,993. The NEA also reports the average beginning teacher salary is $38,820.
The increase through 2024 will be as follows:
“As Illinois children head back to school this week and next, this new law says to them and their parents loud and clear: we value teachers,” Pritzker said in a prepared statement Aug. 22. “In signing this legislation, we’re addressing our teacher shortage and gradually putting teachers on track to make at least $40,000 a year by the first day of school in 2023. To teachers all across Illinois: I see the care and compassion you put into your work, and I’m proud to help make sure you earn what you’re worth.”
The Illinois State Board of Education reports the 2018-2019 school year had 4,196 unfilled positions in districts across the state, including 1,848 teaching positions.
This article has been updated to show what the average pay for a teacher in Illinois is and what the average pay for new teachers is. The $9,000 to $11,0000 range is the current mandatory minimum for what a teacher must be paid.