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$31,4181,086,760
Oklahoma$32,0103,954,820
Missouri$32,2266,169,270
South Carolina$33,1485,210,100
Arkansas$33,3233,039,000
Colorado$33,4835,845,530
West Virginia$33,7151,778,070
Nebraska$34,4651,952,570
Arizona$34,4737,378,490
Mississippi$34,7842,989,260
Maine$34,7881,345,790
Idaho$34,8011,826,160
Georgia$35,47410,736,100
Kansas$35,7692,910,360
Ohio$35,92311,747,700
Indiana$35,9436,745,350
Oregon$36,3194,301,090
New Mexico$36,4052,096,640
Michigan$36,59910,045,000
Kentucky$36,7524,499,690
Iowa$37,0483,179,850
Tennessee$37,3056,897,580
New Hampshire$37,3951,371,250
North Carolina$37,63110,611,900
Florida$37,63621,993,000
South Dakota$38,098903,027
Wisconsin$38,1815,851,750
Alabama$38,4914,908,620
Utah$38,4993,282,120
Vermont$38,499628,061
Minnesota$38,5295,700,670
North Dakota$38,611761,723
Nevada$39,0543,139,660
Illinois$39,23612,659,700
Louisiana$40,3034,645,180
Virginia$40,4538,626,210
Texas$41,48129,472,300
Delaware$41,639982,895
Rhode Island$41,6891,056,160
Washington$42,2407,797,100
Pennsylvania$44,64712,820,900
Maryland$45,1476,083,120
Wyoming$45,241567,025
Massachusetts$45,4986,976,600
New York$45,58919,440,500
Connecticut$45,9223,563,080
Hawaii$46,7901,412,690
Alaska$46,954734,002
California$46,99239,937,500
New Jersey$51,4438,936,570