Posted: Thu, 09/22/2011 - 10:18am Updated: Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:08am

Indiana school district compensation models

One hundred seventeen compensation models effective for 2012-13 were collected by the DOE and may be viewed on the Compensation Models page. Not all compensation models listed are compliant with IC 20-28-9-1. In order to avoid inadvertent errors or omissions, districts are encouraged to follow the Compensation Checklist for compliance with IC 20-28-9-1 found on this page.

In order to assist districts as they move toward the start of formal bargaining on August 1, here are some common mistakes—noted during the review of the 2012-13 compensation models—to avoid:

  • The compensation model is not included in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA)
  • MOU or other prior agreement (including prior base salaries) is referenced but not incorporated and attached
  • No redistribution provision
  • No explanation whether increases are stipends or raises
  • No explanation as to how the compensation model is applied
  • Lack of consistency between the number of compensation points possible and the number of points indicated in the compensation model language
  • Compensation model is incomplete
  • No provision for how newly hired teachers are treated in the model
  • No eligibility requirements for increases specified
  • Training and experience factor exceeds 33%

*Also, some of the compensation models include a "salary schedule" for individual teachers; others include the model that will be applied for determining individual salaries. The DOE makes no judgment as to the preferability of either format.

The DOE will continue to collect and review compensation models for the 2013-14 school year. If you have questions, please feel free to email Risa Regnier at

Performance Pay Compensation Systems

Through collective bargaining and local decision making, Indiana school corporations create pay structures based on a locally determined combination of four potential factors: annual performance evaluation results, instructional leadership responsibilities, academic needs of students, and a combination of experience and education.

The resources and tools on this page are designed to support teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders as they develop performance pay compensation systems.

Guidance Documents

  • Compensation Guidance: Compliance Checklist - Coming Soon via IEERB

State Model Salary Schedules

Update: The State Model Salary Schedule version 3.0 is now available!

Public Law 90-2011 (I.C. 20-28-9-1) required the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) to publish a model salary schedule. The 2015 General Assembly amended I.C. 20-28-9 to require local compensation models to include salary ranges.

You may access IDOE's model in the documents below. An example with directions for the model as well as general information on performance pay are included below as well.