South Dakota teachers saw pay hikes last school year

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN TV) - Teachers in South Dakota saw an increase in their salary for the 2016-2017 school year.

South Dakota's average teacher salary increased more than 8 percent. Officials with Rapid City Area School District say the salary increase for their district was more than 9 percent, and they believe it's due to the half-cent sales tax passed by the Legislature.

RCAS officials say they believe more pay means more teachers.

"I think that increase in pay was definitely an incentive for people to work in the Rapid City Area Schools. We were able to start our base salaries at $40,000 a year, so that definitely helped us bring more teachers and more qualified teachers into the district," said Katy Urban with Rapid City Area Schools.

Several districts, including Wall, saw an increase of more than 20 percent.