Teacher Salaries, State by State

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Teachers in states like Alaska and New York are being paid on average almost double the salaries of their peers in Mississippi and Oklahoma, according to a study just released by GOBankingRates.

The study utilized the Bureau of Labor Statistics latest data, compiling average elementary, middle and high school teacher salaries by state.

To see where your state ranked, visit: https://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/much-teachers-make-state/ 

“While no one enters the teaching industry for the money, our study findings reveal some rather large income discrepancies depending on where in the country teachers live,” said Kristen Bonner, lead researcher on the study. “For those in the education industry who might be considering a relocation, a state’s job opportunity and competition ratings are also important factors to keep in mind.”

The 10 states where teachers get paid the most:

  1. Alaska: $77,843
  2. New York: $76,593
  3. Connecticut: $75,867
  4. California: $72,050
  5. Massachusetts: $71,587
  6. New Jersey: $70,700
  7. Rhode Island: $67,533
  8. Maryland: $65,257
  9. Illinois: $65,153
  10. Virginia: $63,493

The 10 states where teachers get paid the least:

  1. Mississippi: $42,043
  2. Oklahoma: $42,647
  3. South Dakota: $43,200
  4. North Carolina: $43,587
  5. Arizona: $43,800
  6. West Virginia: $45,477
  7. Arkansas: $47,053
  8. Idaho: $47,063
  9. Kansas: $47,127
  10. Louisiana: $48,587

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