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|NUMBER 189||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||OCTOBER 2001|
|NEA State Affiliate Staff Salaries Soar|
SACRAMENTO, CA - How much do National Education Association (NEA) state affiliate employees earn each year in pursuit of union goals? These are the people who work for the unions, not the schools. The Education Intelligence Agency (EIA) has released figures from the most recent NEA state-by-state survey of comprehensive staff compensation data. These data include salary and benefits figures for both professional and support staff employees.
The highest average professional staff salaries are paid by the New Jersey Education Association at $100,018. Professional staffers earn $93,115 in Connecticut, $92,010 in California, and $90,253 in Alaska.
Professional staffers in California rank number one in total compensation, with salary and benefits averaging $135,434 per year. New Jersey is second with $132,413, and Connecticut is third with $131,697. Alaska employees average $124,399 and New York staffers average $123,160 in total compensation. Eighteen state affiliates pay their professional staff total compensation in excess of six figures.
Salaries for support staff range from a low of $24,707 in Mississippi to a high of $50,764 in Alaska. The best-compensated support staff overall are Alaska Education Association employees, who average $113,880 per year in salary and benefits. Alaska is the only state affiliate that pays its support staff more than six figures in total compensation.