This session, Salary Reboot: Rethinking Pay for K-12 Technology Jobs, was held at the Texas K-12 CTO Council meeting on June 18, 2015. It provided some eye-opening statistics about CTOs and job in the edtech field.

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About the Facilitators
It was facilitated by the following folks from TASB:

  • Amy Campbell, Assistant Director, Data Services
  • Ann Patton, Managing Compensation Consultant
  • Luz Cadena, Senior Compensation Consultant
  • Troy Bryants, Data Services Manager
TASB HR Services
Phone: 800-580-7782

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  1. Dice Tech Salary Survey 2014 results | Get full text
  2. Out of a thousand school districts, 600 responded. A response rate of 60% statewide, surveying 125 jobs in the survey, 90% rate among districts with 3000+ enrollment
  3. Look at market value, as well as non-school market. These give us a good picture of private sector and public sector. Staff can go work in other places.
  4. Private sector does not always pay better than education.
  5. Average US Tech Salary Change – 5 year trend
    1. in 2010, there were very low increases for technology positions.
    2. by 2012, they caught up.
    3. Texas salaries are a little late to the game. On average, salaries actually dropped from year to year due to the RIF process in 2011.
    4. Cumulatively, there’s about a 13% increase nationwide, and only 9% in Texas.
  6. Texas Market Values
    1. Computer Technician
      1. Non school: $21.92 (San Antonio), $20.24(el Paso), $23.56 (Dallas/FtWorth), $23.90 (east Texas)
      2. Salary growth 1.5%, and over the last year, -1.1% decrease
      3. Employee ratio 2010-2015 has seen an increase of 5%
      4. Statewide median hourly rate is $19.77
    2. HelpDesk Technician
      1. Non School: $20.97/$19.04, $19.61/$27.17 (el paso)
      2. Relationship between district size and pay. Hourly rate for 10K-25K, $23.50 for hourly rate
    3. Network Technician: 
      1. Private/School: $27.85/$21.89 (SA)
    4. Instructional Tech SPecialist
      1. 10K-25K enrollment: $65,527
      2. 44% employee ratio 2010-2015
      3. Statewide median salary: $59,923
    5. Network Admin
      1. $86K/$62K (SA)
    6. CTO
      1. $162K/$93K (SA)
  7. IT Employment Trends
    1. Motivators: Percentage of employers who offer incentives. 2009:53%; 2014:66%
    2. Primary Motivator for 
      1. 17% was increased compensation
      2. 12% – more interesting or challenging assignments
      3. 12% flexible work locations/telecommuting
      4. 10% flexible work hours
      5. 3% promotion or new title
  8. Changing employers: of 37% of tech pros that anticipate changing employers in 2015:
    1. 70% higher compensation
    2. 44% better working conditions
    3. 33% more responsibility
    4. 18% shorter commute
    5. 17% anticipate losing current positions
    6. 13% relocation (unavoidable turnover)
    7. 9% other
  9. Hot Tech Jobs in 2015-2016
    1. Security
    2. Mobile Device Management
    3. Network
  10. Strategies for Hiring and Retaining Tech Talent
    1. Move quickly
    2. Separate pay structure
    3. Pay differently (pay tech people larger salary increases)
    4. Adjust pay (salaries are being looked at annually and revised, as many as 2x a year)
    5. Create career pathways (have like 3 levels of tech…need to provide value for this)
  11. Instructional Tech vs Traditional Tech
    1. Instructional Tech to CTO Path
      1. teacher/instructional tech specialist to Director then CTO
      2. THe only way to earn more is to become a supervisor
    2. Traditional Tech to CTO Path
      1. Computer Tech to Network Admin to IT Supervisor to CTO
      2. Lot more opportunity to earn in your career
      3. you can stay in a role that doesn’t involve supervision until you are more experienced (older)
  12. Gender Pay Equity
    1. Median Salaries
      1. Men: $91,951
      2. Women: $95,883
      3. CTO count by gender favors males in that role over females
      4. Only 4.6 percent of women work in STEM careers, opposed to 10.3% for men in STEM careers.
      5. There are fewer female data points in the data.
      6. Men in technology hold far more technical positions (e.g. software engineering)
      7. Women hold project management, business analyst roles.
      8. CTO Median Salary by Gender and Enrollment Group: There is no statistical impact of gender on salary. No correlation was found in Texas.

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