Phoenix Union Raises Minimum Wage and Teacher Salaries
September 1, 2022
Phoenix Union High School District (PXU) announced an increase to its minimum wage and starting annual teacher salary following Governing Board approval on Thursday, September 1. This is the third revision to the salary schedules for employees since January. The District will immediately raise minimum wage to $16 an hour for Education Support Professionals (ESPs) while increasing starting teacher pay to $52,200. PXU has increased employee salaries throughout the pandemic, combating the impact of inflation and the rising cost of living. The salary increases will be applied retroactively for current staff dating back to July 1, 2022. Administrators will receive comparable increases, and PXU is also increasing the daily rate of pay for guest (substitute) teachers from $115 to $150.
“Our employees deserve this and need this, now more than ever,” said Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson. “In addition to remaining competitive in the marketplace, the health and wellness of our employees remains a top priority. Our educators have, and continue to, sacrifice so much to serve our students and families. They are the backbone of our society.” Click here for a video message from Superintendent Gestson. Click here for a video message from Superintendent Gestson.
The District originally revised the pay schedule for ESPs to meet minimum wage requirements in January 2022. In response to increased enrollment, District leaders worked with employee organizations to introduce a revised salary schedule in March 2022 that increased minimum wage to $14 per hour and starting teacher salary to $49,000. Following the close of the 2022 Legislative session and an additional spike in student enrollment, the District was able to provide further increases for all employees, now starting at $16 per hour and $52,200.
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