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20 Districts with the Highest-Paid Teachers in New Jersey

A few days after looking at the 20 school districts with the lowest-paid teachers, we bring you the districts that pay their teachers the highest average salaries in New Jersey.

Earlier this week we took a look at the 20 school districts with the lowest-paid teachers. Today we turn that list upside down and bring you the districts that pay their teachers the highest average salaries in New Jersey.

Northern Valley Regional in northeastern Bergen County tops the list with an average teacher salary of more than $90,000, or double the pay of the lowest-paid district.

We limited the list to public school districts with more than 400 students.

Data is from the 2011-2012 school year.

1. Northern Valley Regional (Bergen) $90,228

2. Ocean City (Cape May) $88,434

3. Carlstadt-East Rutherford (Bergen) $87,502

4. East Rutherford (Bergen) $86,624

5. Edison (Middlesex) $84,159

6. Margate (Atlantic) $83,820

7. East Orange (Essex) $83,418

8. Closter (Bergen) $82,558

9. Wallkill Valley Regional (Sussex) $82,475

10. High Point Regional (Sussex) $82,386

11. Teaneck (Bergen) $82,116

12. West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional (Mercer) $82,059

13. Hackensack (Bergen) $81,900

14. Pascack Valley Regional (Bergen) $81,832

15. Mainland Regional (Atlantic) $81,100

16. Trenton (Mercer) $80,886

17. Millburn (Essex) $80,774

18. Pemberton (Burlington) $80,579

19. River Dell Regional (Bergen) $79,564

20. Freehold Regional (Monmouth) $79,185


Eleanor November 09, 2013 at 09:33 AM
@ wynetz The 16 years of schooling includes 4 years of MA? I don't know anyone who spent more than 2 years getting a masters unless they are doing it on a part time basis, only taking a few credits at a time. And most HS teachers do not have PhDs. We are basically talking about teachers who have had college and maybe a masters - 6 years tops. As for the doctor - average salaries especially for GPs are before you deduct for malpractice premiums that will range in the five figures (6 figures for some specialties), and a higher number of medicaid patients that are a losing proposition (ask any doctor - they literally lose money on medicaid) or a medicare patient that is very modestly compensated. In private practice, they have expenses that cut into that income, as well has having to provide for their own retirement. So what they earn "on paper" may look good, but that is not what they are actually reimbursed. It cannot be compared to dentists or dental surgeons who up to just recently did not have the same percentage of poor reimbursement - but even that is changing a lot lately. Really - do you think if most GPs were making around 200,000 a year there would be such a shortage of them? Why are medical residency programs in the US running about 11,000 short? Compare that with open teaching positions that can have scores or even hundred of candidates.
wynotz November 09, 2013 at 01:10 PM
@Elenor- I admitted it was a stretch, but I also mentioned it was a Master's +45 with a Phd. However, I agree that both are underpaid, overworked, and overlooked....In a perfect society, should a "running back" that committed attempted murder make millions per year when the people like, GP and Teachers, who are basically in charge of "our" future, make 40,0000-85,000 per year. Something is screwed up.
wynotz November 09, 2013 at 01:16 PM
The article was/is inflammatory to get people to read it. Those salaries are "top" salaries, after 25-30 years......It's just a rouse to keep the everyday working person from noticing that the Board of Ed. are the true culprits. They make backdoor deals, and contracts with companies...How many times has a Super, or a Board of Ed. Leader "happen" to know the companies that bid on construction or supplies? Why does the Board approve a stapler for $50 through this method when we could go to Staples and pay $8? School budgets are millions, look at your local budget. I ask anyone to follow the Board minutes for 6 months.....take a close look at what the "Board" determines we should spend money on....
wynotz November 09, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Here is a Motorcycle analogy: "It's your head, do you want to spend $50 on a DOT approved helmet, or $300 on a "Snell" approved? Snell is an independent tester that is 20 times more sturdy than the DOT approval. (which Charter and Private schools don't have to adhere to State Standards) I make this analogy because do we want "cheap" teachers, or teachers that have that extra approval? I can still remember some of my "substitutes" because they knew less than the students, but I am sure they would work for less money.....
proud November 09, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Or, do we want a union that protects child molesters?

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