Teacher Pay By State 2020

We’ve all heard the jokes about low teacher pay, but in many states in the U.S., this isn’t a laughing matter. Unfortunately, many teachers are underpaid for taking on one of the most important tasks for a new generation: educating our youth.

Like any other profession, the average salaries of teachers varies from state to state. This isn’t just a small difference either. In some states, salaries are thousands of dollars higher than in other states.

In this post, we’re going to look the pay for new teachers by state. As a teacher gains more experience, they can earn higher pay but we are going to focus solely on the salaries of teachers that are just getting started.

The highest pay in the nation for new teachers is in Washington, D.C. In this area, the average salary is $55,209. New Jersey isn’t far behind with an average salary of $51,443. These are the only two states in the nation where new teachers can make a salary of over $50,000 annually.

The third highest salary for teachers can be found in California, where teachers make almost $47,000. In the states of Alaska and Hawaii, new teachers also earn over $46,000.

Now, let’s take a look at the lowest paid teachers in the nation. Montana currently has the lowest salary for teachers at $31,418 – over $20,000 less than the average salary in Washington, D.C., and New Jersey. Oklahoma also has low starting salaries for teachers at just over $32,000 per year. A number of other states including Missouri, South Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado, and West Virginia all have starting salaries that are less than $35,000.

State Teacher Pay 2020 Pop.
Montana$31,4181,086,759
Oklahoma$32,0103,954,821
Missouri$32,2266,169,270
South Carolina$33,1485,210,095
Arkansas$33,3233,038,999
Colorado$33,4835,845,526
West Virginia$33,7151,778,070
Nebraska$34,4651,952,570
Arizona$34,4737,378,494
Mississippi$34,7842,989,260
Maine$34,7881,345,790
Idaho$34,8011,826,156
Georgia$35,47410,736,059
Kansas$35,7692,910,357
Ohio$35,92311,747,694
Indiana$35,9436,745,354
Oregon$36,3194,301,089
New Mexico$36,4052,096,640
Michigan$36,59910,045,029
Kentucky$36,7524,499,692
Iowa$37,0483,179,849
Tennessee$37,3056,897,576
New Hampshire$37,3951,371,246
North Carolina$37,63110,611,862
Florida$37,63621,992,985
South Dakota$38,098903,027
Wisconsin$38,1815,851,754
Alabama$38,4914,908,621
Utah$38,4993,282,115
Vermont$38,499628,061
Minnesota$38,5295,700,671
North Dakota$38,611761,723
Nevada$39,0543,139,658
Illinois$39,23612,659,682
Louisiana$40,3034,645,184
Virginia$40,4538,626,207
Texas$41,48129,472,295
Delaware$41,639982,895
Rhode Island$41,6891,056,161
Washington$42,2407,797,095
Pennsylvania$44,64712,820,878
Maryland$45,1476,083,116
Wyoming$45,241567,025
Massachusetts$45,4986,976,597
New York$45,58919,440,469
Connecticut$45,9223,563,077
Hawaii$46,7901,412,687
Alaska$46,954734,002
California$46,99239,937,489
New Jersey$51,4438,936,574
District of Columbia$55,209720,687