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Indianapolis Public Schools Continues Focus on Employee Compensation Through 2023/Las Escuelas Públicas de Indianápolis continúan Enfocándose en la Compensación de los Empleados hasta el 2023

The Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Board of School Commissioners unanimously approved increases in pay for district teachers with the ratification of the latest collective bargaining agreement with the Indianapolis Education Association (IEA) during the October Board Action Session on Thursday, Oct. 28.

The agreement with the IEA comes a month after the Board also approved a collective bargaining agreement in September with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) for IPS service workers.

Together, these two-year agreements not only include increased compensation for IPS teachers but also custodians, food service and paraprofessional employees.

The overall estimated investment for teachers, certified staff and service workers between both contracts is $12.5 million.

“IPS continues to show its commitment to ensuring our employees are valued through our compensation efforts and that we are in line with the market rate for the positions we employ throughout the district,” said IPS Superintendent Dr. Aleesia Johnson. “For the past few years, I can proudly say that IPS has been at the top of the pay scale in Marion County, specifically with teacher pay. We will continue to push to reward our employees for the remarkable work they do to support the students and families of the district.”

IPS began addressing compensation improvements with the 2015 agreements, which continued in 2018.

“Working in partnership with the IPS district, we reached an agreement that was ratified with 93% approval from our membership,” said Ronald Swann, IEA president. “There is still work ahead at the state level regarding the complexity index, which makes bargaining more challenging, ultimately to the detriment of our teachers, students and their families. This agreement represents the hard work of the IPS district and our IEA bargaining team making the most of the limited resources available.” 

The new AFSCME contract, according to local AFSCME president Keith Bond, is a natural extension of the solid relationship between the district and its staff. Bond is also a district employee at James Whitcomb Riley School 43.

Details of the IEA and AFSCME contracts:



  • 2-year contract
  • $4 million annually
  • $12 million over the 2-year contract
  • Pay Increases

             New ranges raise starting pay and maximum pay:

  • Year 1: $49,100 to $91,300
  • Year 2: $50,400 to $92,600
  • Raises are based on market adjustment, using level of experience.

             Minimum raise:

  • Year 1: $1,455 annually
  • Year 2: $1,510 annually

             Maximum raise:

  • Year 1: $2,640 annually
  • Year 2: $2,730 annually

Differences in amounts are based on effectiveness, years of service, high need/hard to staff subject areas (dual credit, STEM, SPED).



  • 2-year contract
  • $250,000 annually
  • $500,000 over the 2-year contract
  • All groups shifted to market adjustment
    • Custodial: 2% or average increase of $690 annually
    • Food Service: 2% or average increase of $570 annually
    • Paraprofessional: 2% or average increase of $410 annually