Teacher Pay By State 2019

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 2019 Pop.
Montana$31,4181,074,532
Oklahoma$32,0103,948,950
Missouri$32,2266,147,861
South Carolina$33,1485,147,111
Arkansas$33,3233,026,412
Colorado$33,4835,770,545
West Virginia$33,7151,791,951
Nebraska$34,4651,940,919
Arizona$34,4737,275,070
Mississippi$34,7842,987,895
Maine$34,7881,342,097
Idaho$34,8011,790,182
Georgia$35,47410,627,767
Kansas$35,7692,910,931
Ohio$35,92311,718,568
Indiana$35,9436,718,616
Oregon$36,3194,245,901
New Mexico$36,4052,096,034
Michigan$36,59910,020,472
Kentucky$36,7524,484,047
Iowa$37,0483,167,997
Tennessee$37,3056,833,793
New Hampshire$37,3951,363,852
North Carolina$37,63110,497,741
Florida$37,63621,646,155
South Dakota$38,098892,631
Wisconsin$38,1815,832,661
Alabama$38,4914,898,246
Utah$38,4993,221,610
Vermont$38,499627,180
Minnesota$38,5295,655,925
North Dakota$38,611760,900
Nevada$39,0543,087,025
Illinois$39,23612,700,381
Louisiana$40,3034,652,581
Virginia$40,4538,571,946
Texas$41,48129,087,070
Delaware$41,639975,033
Rhode Island$41,6891,056,738
Washington$42,2407,666,343
Pennsylvania$44,64712,813,969
Maryland$45,1476,062,917
Wyoming$45,241572,381
Massachusetts$45,4986,939,373
New York$45,58919,491,339
Connecticut$45,9223,567,871
Hawaii$46,7901,416,589
Alaska$46,954735,720
California$46,99239,747,267
New Jersey$51,4438,922,547
District of Columbia$55,209711,571