Killeen ISD Prioritizes Educators, Raising Starting Teacher Salary to $56,160

The Killeen ISD Board of Trustees prioritized the classroom teacher passing an 8% pay increase for all Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) appraised educators, and a 6% increase for all other district employees with the approval of the 2023 compensation plan. The vote bolsters the starting salary for a beginning teacher in Killeen ISD to $56,160 for the upcoming school year.

Select stipends are also increasing for the 2022-2023 school year including the Bilingual teacher $7,500 and the Special Education self-contained teacher stipend to $5,000. A new $2,000 stipend was also created to help offset relocation costs for teachers moving to the district.
“The newly approved compensation plan is comprehensive, competitive, and demonstrates the critically important role our staff plays in the lives of our students. Our priority is to adequately staff the classroom as teaching and learning remains our core business,” said Superintendent Dr. John Craft.
Killeen ISD is one of the few school districts in the area to offer longevity pay for professional and auxiliary employees completing five cumulative years with the district. Additionally, it allows for former KISD employees to return to the district and receive credit for their previous KISD years of service, thus retaining and recruiting tenured employees.  
For example, if a high school math teacher left KISD after six years and returns after one year in another district to teach they will earn $69,160 if they move inside of the district boundaries. 
Base Salary: $58,960  
+ Longevity Stipend $3,000  
+ Critical Shortage Stipend $3,120  
+ New Teacher Relocation Stipend $2,000  
+ Critical Subject Sign-on Bonus $2,080  
Total Salary Upon Return $69,160  
Killeen ISD continues to lead the region in competitive compensation for employees and offers free professional development to provide effective and engaging learning opportunities leading to increased student achievement.

Click here to view the approved compensation main points and the incoming teacher placement schedule.