Teachers union overwhelmingly approves new pay schedule that includes big raises

UPDATE |  AUGUST 29, 2018

Members of Snoqualmie Valley Education Association (SVEA) overwhelmingly approved the new pay schedule agreement – at 97% – during their August 28th general membership meeting.



After announcing a conceptual agreement on a new pay scheduled had been reached with its teachers union (SVEA), the Snoqualmie Valley School District announced on August 27, 2018 that a tentative agreement had finally been reached – just two days before the start of the 2018-19 school year.

With the infusion of additional state money thanks to the McCleary decision, districts around the state have been negotiating new pay schedules with local teachers’ unions.

The Snoqualmie Valley Education Association announced via social media that the tentative agreement took a starting salary for a first year teacher with a bachelor’s degree up to $54,475. For the most experienced teachers, the new pay schedule bumped those salaries up to $107,000 annually.

Based on SVEA’s 2017-18 pay schedule, tech stipend and retention bonuses, that equates to approximately a 10% raise for starting teachers and a 17% raise for the most experienced teachers.  Those raises – on a percentage basis – are similar to those reported by other nearby school districts.

After beginning talks last spring, union and district negotiating teams and been working to finalize a new pay schedule since August 14th.

The union will hold a general membership meeting on Tuesday, August 28th at 4:30 to vote on the new pay schedule.

School begins for Snoqualmie Valley students on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.


Teachers and supports at a SVEA rally on 8/20/18 at SVSD District Office.




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  • It’s about time! Was so sad to see how little Union Teachers were getting paid in this school district with the extremely high cost of Housibg as compared to the Non-Union Teachers in the district where we lived in Texas and the Housing was far less expensive. I grew up in a Union Family and Union salaried always exceeded Non-Union! Not in Seattle area I have learned!

  • Cost of housing might be highly correlated with teacher pay, since teacher pay comes entirely from housing taxes.

  • Living Snoqualmie