Sweet Home leads Western New York in teacher pay

June 2, 2014 Updated Jun 2, 2014 at 8:11 AM EDT

By G. Scott Thomas, Projects Editor- Business First

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June 2, 2014 Updated Jun 2, 2014 at 8:11 AM EDT


Pay levels for teachers tend to be higher in Sweet Home than in any other public school district in Western New York.

That's according to Business First's annual ratings of teacher pay, based on an analysis of salary levels at five selected points in teachers' careers.

Lackawanna is the runner-up in this year's teacher pay rankings, followed by Kenmore-Tonawanda, Niagara Falls and Williamsville. Click here for a quick rundown of the regional standings, along with representative salary levels.

LINK FOR TEACHER PAY IN WESTERN NEW YORK:

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• Teacher pay standings for all 98 districts.

• Slideshow of district ranks and salary levels.

• List of the highest public school salaries across New York.

Business First rated teacher pay in all 98 districts in Western New York, a region that includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

Pay levels were analyzed at the fifth, 25th, 50th, 75th and 95th percentiles in each district, using official data from the New York State Education Department.

Percentiles indicate the ranking of a given salary in a district's payroll. A salary at the 25th percentile, for example, is larger than 25 percent of all teachers' salaries within that district.

Sweet Home's median salary (50th percentile) of $78,344 is the highest in Western New York, as is its peak salary (95th percentile) of $99,718.

Canaseraga has the region's lowest rating for teacher pay, with Letchworth and Warsaw just ahead of it in Business First's rankings.