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The average salary for classroom teachers in the Milwaukee School District in the 2022-23 fiscal year is $69,180, according to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction data.

The average amount of fringe benefits is $19,797. The data from which these statistics are calculated represents only teachers who were employed for at least 160 days; it does not include interns or subcontracted staff.

Looking at average salary data for all public school districts and independent charter schools in the state, the average Wisconsin teacher salary is $56,948 and the average amount of fringe benefits is $24,124. 

The Milwaukee School District approved an 8% across-the-board cost-of-living adjustment for teachers in the 2023-2024 fiscal year, which was financed through savings from letting hundreds of positions remain vacant. The district considers wages as part of its teacher retention and recruitment strategies.

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Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Public teacher salary report: Hiring agency — Milwaukee School District

Google Docs Analysis of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction data: Statewide teachers’ salary and benefits averages

Wisconsin Policy Forum Education budget brief

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Jacob Alabab-Moser joined as Wisconsin Watch’s fact checker in September 2022, as part of the effort by The Gigafact Project in partnership with different state-level news outlets to combat misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections. Jacob has several years of experience as a fact checker and research assistant at a variety of organizations, including at The Gigafact Project. He holds a BA from Brown University and is pursuing a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.