Teachers are underpaid as it is, but which ones have it the roughest?

New records from the Texas Education Agency attempt to answer just that. The data, which covers the 2018-19 fiscal school year, shows which school districts around the Houston area pay their high school teachers the least on average.

A previous Chron.com report found that Barbers Hill ISD pays its teachers the most, averaging a base salary of $72,744. The district that pays its high school teachers the least is nearly $20,000 short of that mark.

Above, you can check out which Houston-area school districts paid their high school teachers the lowest average salaries for the 2018-19 fiscal year, according to TEA data.

Dayton Independent School District earned the not-so-flattering honor of being the district that paid the lowest average base salary to its teachers, records show.

The district has only one high school (Dayton High School), which is located nearly 40 miles northeast of downtown Houston.

According to the most-recent TEA staff salaries data (which excludes Education Service Center staff), the average base salary for a teacher at Dayton ISD is $53,034. The total amount of Barbers Hill teacher salaries amounted to $4,822,780.

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Of the 38 districts examined by Chron.com, the average teacher’s salary, by district, for the 2018-19 fiscal year came in at $57,817.

The average base pay for a high school teacher (grades 9-12) in Texas amounted to $55,028, per TEA data.

Teacher pay can vary for a number of reasons, including the number of veteran (and more expensive) teachers in a district, the number of new (and less expensive) teachers, local funding and more.

Peter Dawson is a digital reporter in Houston. Read him on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and on our subscriber site, houstonchronicle.com. | [email protected]| Sign up for breaking news alerts