Teachers Salary

Teachers salary statistics are plentiful on the internet. The average salary for a teacher varies from state to state and is also determined by the years of experience the teacher has, his or her degree, and the grade being taught. There is quite a wide range of teaching salaries based on these variables.

Census data show that 76 percent of public school teachers are female, 44 percent are under age 40, and 52 percent have a master’s or higher degree. In public schools, there are five students for every one teacher on average. Class sizes average about 20 students per classroom. .

According to the National Center for Education Studies there are currently 31,147,000 teachers in U.S. public schools in 2011. The average teaching salary for public school teachers is $49,600. That does not include teachers who are on a supplemental contract, merit or bonus pay, or income earned in teaching jobs outside the school system or in the summer. Private schools employ 3,688,000 teachers who earn an average of $39,600. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says this is right in line with other professions that require the same level of education. The bureau also says that teaching salaries are less stagnant than other careers with more opportunities for advancement and pay increases over time.

Salaries for teachers vary from according to the grade or area they teach. Payscale.com identifies the national median teaching salary for each type of teacher:

High School Teacher – $43,492

Elementary School Teacher – $40,090

Middle School Teacher – $41,886

Special Education, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary School – $40,938

Special Education Teacher, Secondary School – $43,995

Secondary School Teacher – $41,541

Special Education Teacher, Middle School – $42,054

Additional variances in teachers salaries are attributed to location, with starting salaries at a low of $24,872 North Dakota to first-time teachers earning $39,259 in Connecticut.  Once a teacher is experienced, the average salary increases. California teachers are the highest paid at $59,825 per year, as compared to the lowest teaching salary of $34,709 in South Dakota. Here is a table of starting and average teachers salaries by state:

State                     Starting Salary – Average Salary

Alabama              $31,368 – $40,347

Alaska                  $38,657 – $53,553

Arizona                $30,404 – $44,672

Arkansas              $28,784 – $42,768

California              $35,760 – $59,825

Colorado              $35,086 – $44,439

Connecticut         $39,259 – $59,304

Delaware             $35,854 – $54,264

Florida                  $33,427 – $43,302

Georgia                $34,442 – $48,300

Hawaii                  $35,816 – $49,292

Idaho                    $27,500 – $41,150

Illinois                   $37,500 – $58,686

Indiana                 $30,844 – $47,255

Iowa                     $27,284 – $41,083

Kansas                $27,840 – $41,467

Kentucky             $30,619 – $42,592

Louisiana             $31,298 – $40,029

Maine                   $26,643 – $40,737

Maryland              $37,125 – $54,333

Massachusetts    $35,421 – $56,369

Michigan              $35,557 – $54,739

Minnesota            $31,532 – $48,489

Mississippi          $28,200 – $40,576

Missouri               $29,281 – $40,462

Montana              $25,318 – $39,832

Nebraska             $29,303 – $40,382

Nevada                 $27,957 – $44,426

New Hampshire    $28,279 – $45,263

New Jersey           $38,408 – $58,156

New Mexico           $33,730 – $41,637

New York               $37,321 – $57,354

North Carolina       $27,944 – $43,922

North Dakota          $24,872- $37,764

Ohio                        $33,671 – $50,314

Oklahoma              $29,174 – $38,772

Oregon                   $33,699 – $50,044

Pennsylvania          $34,976 – $54,027

Rhode Island          $33,815 – $54,730

South Carolina       $28,568 – $43,011

South Dakota         $26,111 -$34,709

Tennessee            $32,369 – $42,537

Texas                    $33,775 – $41,744

Utah                      $26,521 – $40,007

Vermont                $26,461 – $46,622

Virginia                  $33,200 – $43,823

Washington          $30,974 – $46,326

West Virginia        $26,704 – $38,284

Wisconsin            $25,222 – $46,390

Wyoming             $31,481 – $43,255