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How Do New Orleans Educators’ Salaries Differ by Role and Across Racial Groups?

A Research Snapshot by Olivia Carr examines salary disparities between Black and white New Orleans educators by role.

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How Do New Orleans Educators’ Salaries Differ by Role and Across Racial Groups?

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by Olivia Carr

This study from Tulane University’s Olivia Carr examines how New Orleans’ educators’ average salaries differ by race and role based on data from the the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.

The transition from a traditional district to New Orleans’ current charter model has received both praise and critique. Community leaders have voiced concerns about racial pay equity and the balance between salaries for administrators, teachers, aides, and counselors. This study compares the salary ranges of various job roles and examines disparities in average salaries between racial groups (all salary dollars are adjusted for inflation). Focusing on 2018-19 and 2019-20 and accounting for factors such as years of experience and education level, the study finds:

  1. Administrators have the largest salary ranges of all job roles examined.
  2. Black school administrators’ salaries are lower than those of their white counterparts, on average. However, there are no significant disparities in salaries between Black and white administrators who provide instructional support or charter management organization administrators.
  3. Black teachers’ and Black counselors’ salaries are lower than those of their white counterparts, on average. However, Black aides have higher average salaries than their white counterparts. These findings build on prior ERA-New Orleans research on salary spending for educational staff and provide new insights into racial wage gaps at local public schools.

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