These Are The 10 Highest Teacher Salaries By State

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Best States For Professions, Rankings - 2 years ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do teachers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things that go into how much you can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for teachers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

So to better understand how teacher salaries change across America, we decided to take a look at the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for teachers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for teachers after this adjustment? That would be Alaska. Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for teacher salaries:

  1. Alaska
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Ohio
  4. Michigan
  5. Connecticut
  6. California
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. New York
  9. Wyoming
  10. New Mexico

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined teacher pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for teachers from the 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their “Occupational Employment Statistics”.

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the living wage in each state as defined by MIT.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the living wage in that state. As an example, the living wage in California is $57,315 and the average teacher pay is $72,360, so our index value would be:

$72,360 / $57,315 = 1.26

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for teachers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Teacher Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Living Wage
1 Alaska $67,903 $73,220 $54,400
2 Rhode Island $64,749 $68,330 $53,240
3 Ohio $64,409 $58,540 $45,853
4 Michigan $64,275 $62,220 $48,837
5 Connecticut $64,184 $75,700 $59,502
6 California $63,693 $72,360 $57,315
7 Pennsylvania $62,393 $61,730 $49,914
8 New York $62,226 $72,930 $59,128
9 Wyoming $61,549 $58,500 $47,951
10 New Mexico $61,327 $58,410 $48,050
11 New Jersey $61,232 $68,100 $56,109
12 Kentucky $60,482 $51,920 $43,308
13 Massachusetts $60,470 $71,390 $59,560
14 Washington $59,177 $60,140 $51,271
15 Virginia $58,879 $63,330 $54,264
16 Minnesota $57,928 $59,840 $52,115
17 Missouri $57,839 $52,920 $46,159
18 Illinois $57,564 $59,680 $52,304
19 Delaware $57,230 $60,250 $53,112
20 Utah $56,564 $53,730 $47,922
21 Georgia $56,410 $53,610 $47,946
22 Oregon $56,409 $58,030 $51,900
23 Texas $55,321 $52,810 $48,160
24 Maryland $55,282 $63,750 $58,178
25 Alabama $54,717 $49,700 $45,824
26 Wisconsin $54,072 $54,790 $51,120
27 Indiana $53,716 $49,870 $46,838
28 South Carolina $53,355 $49,250 $46,568
29 Tennessee $53,345 $49,470 $46,785
30 Montana $53,286 $49,730 $47,083
31 Nebraska $53,214 $50,710 $48,076
32 Vermont $53,141 $54,750 $51,977
33 Iowa $52,822 $51,180 $48,882
34 Idaho $52,057 $47,260 $45,801
35 West Virginia $51,786 $46,010 $44,823
36 Nevada $51,658 $53,960 $52,698
37 Arkansas $51,071 $45,120 $44,571
38 New Hampshire $50,951 $55,650 $55,103
39 Louisiana $50,928 $48,430 $47,975
40 North Dakota $50,769 $47,110 $46,814
41 Maine $50,022 $50,870 $51,305
42 Kansas $47,758 $45,490 $48,054
43 South Dakota $47,228 $42,510 $45,410
44 Colorado $47,203 $50,330 $53,792
45 Hawaii $46,959 $56,500 $60,700
46 Florida $46,028 $47,630 $52,206
47 Mississippi $45,716 $41,760 $46,084
48 Oklahoma $45,349 $41,900 $46,613
49 North Carolina $43,962 $43,200 $49,575
50 Arizona $41,212 $41,940 $51,341

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