Escambia School District Increases Substitute Teacher Pay

September 11, 2021

The Escambia County School District has increased substitute teacher pay depending on their level of education.

A substitute teacher with a high school diploma now receives $75 per day. A substitute who has earned 60 college credit hours or an associate degree receives $85 daily.

A substitute with a bachelor’s or higher degree is paid $95 per day, while a substitute teacher with master’s degree or Ph.D. receives $105 each day. A substitute teacher on a long term-assignment, who meets specific requirements, now receives $130 daily.

“We hope that the salary increase for substitute teachers will assist our daily instructional activities at all school sites,” said Assistant Superintendent for Human Resource Services Keith Leonard. “Our substitute teachers are an important part of our academic instruction on a daily basis. We appreciate our substitute teachers and the salary increase is one small way to provide an example of that appreciation.”

On average, these new rates of pay represent an increase of 15.6% for substitutes across all educational levels. To apply for a substitute teaching position with the Escambia County School District, click on the following link: click or tap here


22 Responses to “Escambia School District Increases Substitute Teacher Pay”

  1. Nick on October 3rd, 2021 2:05 pm

    I am shocked and sickened to my stomach as I read the substitute teacher pay in this article. I understand very well that the cost of living has a direct connection to the area’s pay, but still, the pay for substitute teachers there is just way too low (especially those with college degrees). To say that the pay is insulting to substitute teachers is an understatement…it’s downright criminal!!!

  2. Jenny lee on September 15th, 2021 4:22 pm

    In Santa Rosa County, we get $10.97 a hour. Guess we subs are crazy or just love the kiddos. It is a little disheartening.

  3. Sub on September 15th, 2021 3:52 pm

    Sure do hope they raise the pay in Santa Rosa County for subs… sad that they haven’t yet….especially as much as they are needed right now. If they don’t then subs will probably start going to Escambia and Okaloosa instead where they can make decent pay for the hard work they do.

  4. sara on September 14th, 2021 8:27 am

    plus they have to go and pay out of their own pocket $100 to get themselves finger printed. The county should cover that.

  5. Bill on September 13th, 2021 8:13 pm

    The kids run the schools, that’s why nobody will sub.

  6. Wow on September 13th, 2021 3:24 pm

    Still way under paid!
    Florida minimum wage is 15.00hr right?
    15×8hr=120.00, McDonald’s pays this?
    College degree sub gets 100.00?

  7. Alison on September 13th, 2021 9:25 am

    Don’t forget, this is the best, higher wage, which is still extremely low. Before the pandemic, I subbed and could see that teachers were absolutely desperate for subs. Now, they are even more desperate. Teachers have to put off medical appointments because they can’t find a sub. There are five school board members. They were pressured for years to raise this wage and the bus driver wage and they refused. Staff is really at a breaking point and they finally raised both slightly. Keep pressuring the five school board members. They are failing you. And District 5 board member Mr. Slaydon already commented on here a few months ago that he didn’t care.

  8. Worried Resident Too on September 13th, 2021 9:12 am

    @Betty Killam you sound ridiculous. No matter if it is part time or full time, it is sitll YOUR time. You should be paid a fair wage for your time. A college graduated being paid $10 an hour is not even a start. Teaching is an honorable profession. Pay these teachers and substitute teachers an honest wage! $30 twenty years ago wasn’t good money back then either. Stop expecting people to accept pennies, just because you would.

  9. Justsaying on September 13th, 2021 6:17 am

    As it was stated, right now the subs are keeping the schools running. With Covid keeping a lot of the teachers out, either for themselves or with their children, they are basically getting hazard pay. Also, the administration is teaching in some schools right now as well. This is a time like no other.

  10. Current subsitute on September 12th, 2021 5:17 pm

    It’s not a “part time job” when you’re getting calls literally EVERY day to sub. They are desperate. The schools tell you they are desperate. $30 in the 90s is much different that $30 in 2021.

  11. Kathy on September 12th, 2021 8:08 am

    Well said, Mrs. Betty Killam.

  12. Betty Killam on September 11th, 2021 10:22 pm

    Betty Killam—I was a high school secretary and one of my jobs was to call the substitute teachers—-It’s a part- time job for goodness sakes–you can turn it down, work the days you want to work and if you need to take your kid to the doctor, it’s no big deal, you don’t have to be there; When I retired in 1999, Subs were paid 30 bucks a day. I had some great people who wanted to sub–did not complain, worked when they could and some went on to get their degrees and became certified teachers. Now they want benefits, sick leave, and are even talking about having a union. Again, it is a part-time job. Go back to school and get certified and be responsible for that class every single day! A good substitute is a valuable asset to the school and I have seen the best of the best ——but it is still a part- time job!

  13. Lee on September 11th, 2021 7:29 pm

    Fingerprint/background checks are on the sub’s dime. I think it’s about $80, but maybe a bit more. There are also certification costs, also at the sub’s expense. So, a sub needs to work a few days before they even break even.

  14. Telymanbws on September 11th, 2021 4:35 pm

    On top of this ridiculous “wage” is the fact that subs do not get paid holidays, sick pay, paid vacations, or any other benefits including medical. And on top of that the deductions that would normally go to Social Security goes into a mutual fund. That means they are not eligible for social security benefits when they reach their retirement age. That job at the fast food place flipping burgers looks better and better.

    This is the kind of stuff that leads people to create unions.
    Just sayin’!

  15. Linda SawyeriI would on September 11th, 2021 3:49 pm

    The subs are keeping the schools running and have been keeping the schools running during the pandemic and we are making less than the McDonald’s or Wal-Mart workers. The majority of them have higher degrees yet you show your appreciation by paying them less than persons with no education. I would like to see our school board members work for such low salaries. ECSD should be ashamed.

  16. Rick on September 11th, 2021 3:29 pm

    $13 an hr for a masters or PHD.
    $10 an hr for an AA
    Buckees starting wage is $14 an hr

  17. No Excuses on September 11th, 2021 12:12 pm

    It’s a start….. Even if not a very good one.

  18. Elaine M on September 11th, 2021 11:31 am

    After I retired in ‘07 in suburban Atlanta, I subbed. My long term rate “in-field” was $150 a day. These rates are very low given that the district needs all the subs it can get right now, as teachers leave the profession.

  19. Well on September 11th, 2021 9:52 am

    Who would not be happy with a 15. 6% increase.
    But wow, that still seems LOW.

  20. Golly gee on September 11th, 2021 8:26 am

    Can’t pay the regular teachers good enough so carry it on to the subs now too huh? Let’s see, with a bachelor’s degree you make a whopping 95 bucks a day which comes out to 12.6 bucks an hour……………no thanks. You want to pay less than a cashier at bucee’s makes and tack on the responsibility and risk involved attempting to manage someone else’s disrespectful kids. Golly gee, makes me want to jump right in(NOT) Start paying teachers and subs around here some money instead of fattening the wallets of our commissioners and school board every time they have a chance. Eliminate some fat in the district with so many “upper leadership” positions. Free up some funds for the people who are really doing the work. Pretty simple concept to me.

  21. Jack H on September 11th, 2021 6:10 am

    Prospective college students! Use these figures here when you are calculating how much student loan you should take out. Should help you determine the value of your higher degree.

  22. Just saying on September 11th, 2021 2:17 am

    I am quiet frankly shocked that anyone thinks these are good wages.

    Do the math on an hourly rate and you’ll find they could work almost anywhere else for substantially more.