INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners has approved what it says is the largest teacher pay increase in the district’s history. The board approved two, two-year contracts which cover not only teachers, but also service workers such as custodians, food service and transportation employees.

The approvals involved a bargaining agreement with the Indianapolis Education Association and a contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. As a result, the district will invest more than $31 million between both contracts and says it will continue efforts to be efficient in managing operating expenses to sustain the pay increases over the long term.

"IPS is committed to ensuring our employees receive the best compensation possible to bring employees in line with market rate," said IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson. "While we’re not where we want to be, we are moving in the right direction and will continue the push to reward our employees for the remarkable work they do to support the students and families of the district."

As a result of the move, teachers will see a minimum raise of $2,600 and a maximum raise of $13,600 over the two-year period.

"The IEA is very appreciative of Superintendent Aleesia Johnson and the IPS Board of School Commissioners for keeping the promise to increase compensation and benefits with the referendum monies from the November 2018 election," said IEA President Ronald Swann. "We, the certified staff and IEA members, supported IPS in this endeavor to pass the referendum that was presented to the community to increase teacher funding and are grateful to see substantial pay increases for all teachers."

IPS provided specific details of each contract, which you can view below:


  • 2-year contract
  • Estimated investment is $30 million
  • Pay Increases – New ranges raise starting pay and maximum pay:
    • Year 1: $45,200 to $82,800
    • Year 2: $47,800 to $90,000
  • Raises are based on market adjustment, using level of experience to solve for previous freezes or compression of the model over years.
    • Minimum raise: $2,600
    • Maximum raise: Year 1 – $9,400; Year 2 – $4,200
  • Differences in amounts are based on effectiveness, years of service, high need/hard to staff subject areas (dual credit, STEM, SPED) 


  • 2-year contract
  • Estimated investment is $1.2 million
  • All groups shifted to market adjustment
  • Custodial: 7.4 percent or average increase of $2,350
  • Food Service: 1.4 percent or average increase of $450
  • Paraprofessional: 3.7 percent or average increase of $1,100
  • Transportation: 2.7 percent or average increase of $1,000

IPS says the raises are expected to go into effect before the end of the year.

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