Arizona Gov. Ducey Agrees to 20 Percent Salary Increase for Teachers

Arizona Gov. Ducey Pay Increase Arizona Teachers

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey finally agreed to the demand of teachers to give them a 20% salary increase.

The governor suddenly changed his position on the issue after  teachers started walk-in rallies before school and threatened a walkout. Over the past few weeks, Gov. Ducey rejected teachers’ demand for a 20% raise. He stated that he will not change his 1% wage increase proposal for teachers.

On Thursday, Gov. Ducey said, “I’ve said, I’m on the side of the teachers and I’ve been listening.”

This year, the governor is proposing a 9% salary increase. Combined with his previous 1% wage hike proposal, Arizona teachers will receive a total of 10% raise for the FY2019.

Over the next two years, Arizona teachers will receive additional 5% salary increases over the next two years. Therefore, they will receive an accumulative pay raise of 20% by the beginning of school year 2020.

According to Gov. Ducey, “Today the average teacher pay in Arizona is $48,723. If we pass this plan, it will increase to a projected $52,725 by the new school year this fall. By the beginning of the 2020 school year, the projected average teacher salary will be $58,130.”