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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.

Here are the 10 states with the highest teacher pay:

  1. New Jersey ($51,443)
  2. California ($46,992)
  3. Alaska ($46,954)
  4. Hawaii ($46,790)
  5. Connecticut ($45,922)
  6. New York ($45,589)
  7. Massachusetts ($45,498)
  8. Wyoming ($45,241)
  9. Maryland ($45,147)
  10. Pennsylvania ($44,647)

Teacher Pay by State 2020

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Teacher Pay by State 2020

State Teacher Salary
New Jersey$51,443
California$46,992
Alaska$46,954
Hawaii$46,790
Connecticut$45,922
New York$45,589
Massachusetts$45,498
Wyoming$45,241
Maryland$45,147
Pennsylvania$44,647
Washington$42,240
Rhode Island$41,689
Delaware$41,639
Texas$41,481
Virginia$40,453
Louisiana$40,303
Illinois$39,236
Nevada$39,054
North Dakota$38,611
Minnesota$38,529
Vermont$38,499
Utah$38,499
Alabama$38,491
Wisconsin$38,181
South Dakota$38,098
Florida$37,636
North Carolina$37,631
New Hampshire$37,395
Tennessee$37,305
Iowa$37,048
Kentucky$36,752
Michigan$36,599
New Mexico$36,405
Oregon$36,319
Indiana$35,943
Ohio$35,923
Kansas$35,769
Georgia$35,474
Idaho$34,801
Maine$34,788
Mississippi$34,784
Arizona$34,473
Nebraska$34,465
West Virginia$33,715
Colorado$33,483
Arkansas$33,323
South Carolina$33,148
Missouri$32,226
Oklahoma$32,010
Montana$31,418