Comparing Dayton teachers' pay to others in the Miami Valley.
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - One of the sticking points in negotiations between the Dayton Education Association and the school district is teachers' pay.
The union said teachers are leaving Dayton and going to other local districts to make more money.
FOX 45's Rhonda Moore has been comparing salaries with information collected by the Ohio Education Association, a union representing different school districts .
The numbers are from the 2015-2016 school year which are the latest numbers available.
"If you look at the average teacher salary it's $53,000," said Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr.
That was what Dayton Public Schools superintendent told a group at a community meeting Tuesday night.
FOX 45 looked into what other area schools are paying their teachers, comparing minimum and maximum base salaries for teachers with a bachelor's degree and master's degree
In Dayton, the minimum base salary for a teacher with a bachelor's degree is $37,336. The maximum is $58, 856.
A Dayton teacher with a master's will make the minimum base of $40,409 and a maximum of $65,006.
That's close to if not more than some district's base pay for new teacher's with a bachelor's degree.
However, it lags behind other Montgomery County schools like Centerville, Kettering, Huber Heights, Miamisburg and Northmont when it comes to the maximum base pay and for teachers with master's degrees.
"Every year we're losing about 10 percent, 12 percent of our teaching staff out the door to surrounding districts where they can make $2,000 to $10,000 more in a heartbeat and we're not able to compete," said Dayton Education Association President David Romick.
The Ohio Education Association said teachers are leaving Dayton to go teach at the following school districts.
There's more they can make at different steps and 30 years of service.
A teacher can make anywhere from four to $14,000 more at Northmont, $4,000 to $20,000 more at Huber Heights, $5,000 to $25,000 more in Kettering and $6,000 to $13,000 more in Centerville.
Dayton's superintendent said the district is proposing teachers get raises and three additional personal days in a new three year contract.
"We're also offering 3 percent, 2 percent and 2 percent raises," said Corr.
FOX 45 also looked at schools in Greene and Clarke counties.
Beavercreek's starting pay is less than Dayton but is $20,000 higher for the maximum pay for a teacher with a master's degree.
Springfield is comparable to Dayton but the starting pay is less.