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2016 K-12 Education Package

One of the centerpieces of the 2016 K-12 Education Package was the goal of achieving a statewide average teacher salary of $48,500. As part of the fiscal year 2016 and 2017 annual financial reports, each district has now submitted its teacher compensation data. All districts have reported the FTE, contracted salary and benefits for each eligible teacher. From this information, an average teacher salary, average teacher compensation and total compensation amount has been calculated and the 2017 accountability targets determined. For the accountability requirements, see SDCL 13-13-73.6.

For guidance on which teachers are to be considered in determining accountability and how this data collection may differ from data reported on the Personnel Record Form, visit our School Finance webpage.

For further information regarding the teacher compensation accountability process, see the School Finance Accountability Board webpage.


The 2016 legislative session was a historic one. Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed, and the Legislature approved, a K-12 education package aimed at increasing the statewide average teacher salary, and recruiting and retaining high quality teachers in the state. The package encompassed HB 1182, SB 131 and SB 133.