Teacher Pay by State

Teachers are vital to our society and provide the following generations with insightful guidance and knowledge that shapes and molds our shared future. Therefore, the role of a teacher is one many argue requires a reasonable salary.

The average rate of pay for teachers varies widely in school districts across the United States. If a beginning teacher has a master’s degree, in any state, they average $3,000—$4,000 more than their counterparts who only have a bachelor’s degree.

From 2020—2021, the average salary for a beginning teacher was $41,770, which represents a 1.4% increase in salary from the year prior. However, because of global inflation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the average salary of a beginning teacher actually decreased by 4%, when adjusted for the rate of inflation.

You can learn more about how much teachers are paid by state by checking the data in the charts.

Public School Teacher Salaries by State

Alabama

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$54,271

#35 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$41,163

#24 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$69,466

#33 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$84,446

#34 in the US

Alaska

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$73,061

#10 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$49,907

#6 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$88,247

#11 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$84,111

#35 in the US

Arizona

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$52,157

#44 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$40,554

#27 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$68,910

#34 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$94,270

#21 in the US

Arkansas

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$51,668

#46 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$35,803

#48 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$54,163

#50 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$76,068

#46 in the US

California

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$85,856

#3 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$49,933

#5 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$99,912

#2 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$119,726

#1 in the US

Colorado

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$58,183

#26 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$35,724

#49 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$64,646

#40 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$89,017

#27 in the US

Connecticut

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$79,742

#5 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$47,477

#10 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$95,823

#4 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$110,533

#4 in the US

Delaware

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$65,141

#16 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$43,448

#17 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$88,135

#12 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$115,443

#3 in the US

District of Columbia

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$80,659

#4 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$56,313

#1 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$116,408

#1 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$88,120

#28 in the US

Florida

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$51,009

#48 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$44,040

#16 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$66,405

#36 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$98,459

#11 in the US

Georgia

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$60,553

#21 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$38,692

#35 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$80,262

#17 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$83,796

#36 in the US

Hawaii

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$70,922

#12 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$50,123

#4 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$91,948

#9 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$107,400

#5 in the US

Idaho

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$51,817

#45 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$39,842

#29 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$59,110

#46 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$76,047

#47 in the US

Illinois

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$70,705

#13 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$41,228

#23 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$84,146

#14 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$95,670

#17 in the US

Indiana

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$53,072

#41 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$38,158

#38 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$70,398

#29 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$92,082

#24 in the US

Iowa

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$58,831

#24 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$38,515

#36 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$71,877

#28 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$98,813

#10 in the US

Kansas

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$53,619

#37 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$39,100

#32 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$60,878

#45 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$82,301

#39 in the US

Kentucky

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$54,139

#36 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$37,373

#44 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$62,950

#44 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$76,947

#45 in the US

Louisiana

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$52,472

#43 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$42,185

#19 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$58,470

#47 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$71,863

#50 in the US

Maine

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$57,167

#30 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$37,580

#43 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$68,748

#35 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$83,398

#37 in the US

Maryland

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$74,006

#9 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$48,510

#7 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$95,142

#6 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$97,003

#12 in the US

Massachusetts

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$86,755

#2 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$48,372

#8 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$95,147

#5 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$101,745

#7 in the US

Michigan

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$64,262

#17 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$37,820

#41 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$74,803

#21 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$102,945

#6 in the US

Minnesota

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$66,561

#15 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$41,234

#22 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$73,141

#25 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$95,980

#16 in the US

Mississippi

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$46,862

#51 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$36,653

#46 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$70,175

#30 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$71,333

#51 in the US

Missouri

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$51,557

#47 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$33,234

#50 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$56,552

#49 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$78,304

#44 in the US

Montana

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$53,133

#40 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$32,495

#51 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$65,785

#37 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$79,302

#41 in the US

Nebraska

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$56,463

#31 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$36,491

#47 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$69,490

#32 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$87,241

#32 in the US

Nevada

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$58,167

#27 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$41,277

#21 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$78,530

#18 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$94,981

#18 in the US

New Hampshire

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$61,849

#20 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$39,737

#30 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$71,905

#27 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$96,076

#15 in the US

New Jersey

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$77,677

#7 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$54,053

#2 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$93,932

#8 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$118,280

#2 in the US

New Mexico

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$54,923

#32 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$41,737

#20 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$69,690

#31 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$78,934

#42 in the US

New York

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$90,222

#1 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$47,618

#9 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$94,795

#7 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$96,456

#13 in the US

North Carolina

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$53,458

#38 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$37,127

#45 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$63,359

#43 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$87,516

#31 in the US

North Dakota

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$54,837

#33 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$40,907

#25 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$64,009

#41 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$79,441

#40 in the US

Ohio

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$63,082

#18 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$38,231

#37 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$82,236

#15 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$94,750

#19 in the US

Oklahoma

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$54,762

#34 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$38,074

#39 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$57,151

#48 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$78,352

#43 in the US

Oregon

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$68,565

#14 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$39,338

#31 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$74,191

#23 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$92,540

#22 in the US

Pennsylvania

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$71,479

#11 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$46,991

#11 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$85,503

#13 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$99,624

#9 in the US

Rhode Island

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$75,966

#8 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$44,592

#13 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$89,594

#10 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$94,558

#20 in the US

South Carolina

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$53,188

#39 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$37,704

#42 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$76,568

#20 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$84,467

#33 in the US

South Dakota

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$49,547

#50 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$40,128

#28 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$73,564

#49 in the US

Tennessee

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$52,871

#42 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$39,024

#33 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$64,967

#39 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$82,618

#38 in the US

Texas

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$57,641

#28 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$44,527

#14 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$63,673

#42 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$92,431

#23 in the US

Utah

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$57,226

#29 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$44,349

#15 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$81,594

#16 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$87,655

#30 in the US

Vermont

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$62,483

#19 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$40,810

#26 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$77,192

#19 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$89,279

#26 in the US

Virginia

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$58,506

#25 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$42,251

#18 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$72,255

#26 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$96,331

#14 in the US

Washington

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$79,388

#6 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$51,040

#3 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$98,792

#3 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$100,511

#8 in the US

West Virginia

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$50,261

#49 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$37,987

#40 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$65,778

#38 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$75,582

#48 in the US

Wisconsin

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$59,992

#23 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$38,961

#34 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$73,364

#24 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$87,801

#29 in the US

Wyoming

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARIEShelp

$60,234

#22 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER STARTING SALARIEShelp

$46,826

#12 in the US

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TOP SALARIEShelp

$74,513

#22 in the US

COLLEGE FACULTY SALARIEShelp

$90,042

#25 in the US