Wauwatosa School District Milwaukee County


Survey Highlights: 

This school district is located in the western part of Milwaukee County. Since 2011, the Superintendent and School Board in this school district have aggressively used Act 10 to gut it's teacher compensation and benefits. Though Wauwatosa is an upper middle class community with a reputation for educational excellence, since Act 10 this district has spent the majority of it's education monies providing large pay increases to the Superintendent and district administration. 

In 2011, the average teacher pay in Wauwatosa was one of the lowest amounts in Milwaukee County. After a decade of Act 10, the career outlook for Wauwatosa teachers has declined even more, with minimal teacher pay increases and the implementation of a 100% "merit" based salary system that is based on subjective administrator decisions. With increasing teacher turnover, we hope that the Wauwatosa school district will someday implement a fair and objective career salary system so that teachers have a real incentive to remain in this district as they improve their professional practice.

Salary Comparison

2010-2011 Average Teacher Salary2019-2020 Average Teacher Salary2010-2011 Superintendent Salary2019-2020 Superintendent Salary
1. This district has a written system for career salary advancement that is objective, predictable, and attainable by all teachers.
1. Before deciding to non-renew or terminate a teacher, this district always gives significant advance notice of any deficiencies and the opportunity and support to improve their performance
2. This district has a seniority based layoff procedure, rather than unpredictable subjective judgment.
3. This district has recall rights for teachers to return to their jobs after being laid off.
4. This district has "just cause" language for teacher discipline, non-renewal, and termination
5. This district allows teachers to appeal discipline, non-renewal, and termination decisions to an impartial arbitrator or judge.
1. This district provides time and resources on scheduled in-service days to help teachers meet state and district educator accountability requirements, including SLO's and PPG's.
2. This district has reduced or eliminated teacher preparation time.
3. This district has increased the length of the teacher work day without additional compensation.
4. This district has increased the number of required work days in the contracted year without additional compensation.
5. This district has made significant changes to health insurance benefits that have negatively impacted teachers by requiring either higher co-pays and premiums and/or reductions in scope and level of coverage.
6. This district has reduced or eliminated teacher retirement benefits promised to teachers as an incentive for remaining in this district for their career.
7. This district has reduced or eliminated sick leave benefits and/or accumulated sick leave.

Additional Information Regarding This School District: 

This school district is located in Milwaukee County, one of the most ethically diverse, demcratic voting counties in Wisconsin. Thoughout the pandemic, citizens in most Milwaukee County communities followed state health guidelines designed to curb the spread of Covid19.  

No matter what your political beliefs, you can find a community inside Milwaukee County where you will be comfortable living in and your political beliefs accepted and respected.

Health Insurance Comparison (lowest cost plan) - Family

Wisconsin Governor % Walker 2018Presidential Election % Trump 2016Presidential Election % Trump 2020

Comparison of Average Teacher Pay versus Superintendent Pay

Average Teacher Pay% ChangeSuperintendent Pay% Change
$3691 increase7 %$42,527 increase27%

The information on this district page comes from a variety of publicly available information sources. Salary data comes from information compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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