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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Educator Salary

$48,531 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$23.33 hourly

Entry level Salary
$32,000 yearly
$32,000
10 %
$48,531
Median
$72,000
90 %

How much does an Educator make?

Educators make $48,531 per year on average, or $23.33 per hour, in the United States. Educators on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $32,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $72,000.

Location impacts how much an educator can expect to make. Educators make the most in Washington, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and California.

Highest Paying States For Educators

The darker areas on the map show where educators earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Educator average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Connecticut$64,255$30.89289
2New Jersey$63,966$30.75599
3Washington$64,658$31.09321
4Minnesota$58,196$27.98349
5New York$63,064$30.32548
6Illinois$56,232$27.03652
7Michigan$52,756$25.36424
8Ohio$54,918$26.40481
9Nebraska$54,433$26.17111
10Oregon$59,869$28.78163
11Maryland$57,947$27.86432
12Wyoming$52,141$25.0732
13District of Columbia$63,923$30.7374
14California$61,099$29.371,262
15Virginia$57,551$27.67391
16Pennsylvania$51,654$24.83596
17Kansas$52,178$25.09129
18Massachusetts$55,487$26.68411
19New Hampshire$49,848$23.97164
20Alaska$55,748$26.8041
21Rhode Island$54,443$26.1735
22Montana$49,894$23.9986
23North Dakota$49,767$23.9342
24Nevada$48,311$23.23472
25Idaho$50,213$24.1485
26Colorado$50,445$24.25387
27Maine$47,250$22.7290
28Delaware$49,442$23.7776
29Iowa$50,167$24.12132
30Vermont$47,582$22.8844
31North Carolina$49,674$23.88355
32Kentucky$48,674$23.40109
33Wisconsin$49,822$23.95178
34Utah$49,593$23.84103
35New Mexico$43,378$20.85161
36Indiana$44,111$21.21309
37Arizona$40,852$19.64470
38Hawaii$52,300$25.1424
39South Dakota$45,161$21.7136
40Georgia$45,730$21.99339
41Missouri$44,832$21.55222
42West Virginia$44,499$21.3935
43Tennessee$42,654$20.51202
44South Carolina$43,056$20.70173
45Oklahoma$38,558$18.54175
46Texas$39,817$19.14940
47Florida$34,390$16.53930
48Arkansas$40,123$19.2988
49Louisiana$35,311$16.98138
50Mississippi$38,373$18.4574
51Alabama$40,569$19.50101

Highest Paying Cities For Educators

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$65,326$31.41
2Washington, NJ$64,853$31.18
3Seattle, WA$64,848$31.18
4Washington, DC$63,966$30.75
5New York, NY$63,260$30.41
6Portland, OR$59,729$28.72
7Minneapolis, MN$58,251$28.01
8Baltimore, MD$57,890$27.83
9Springfield, VA$57,693$27.74
10Chicago, IL$56,364$27.10
11Springfield, MA$55,975$26.91
12Columbus, OH$55,120$26.50
13Lincoln, NE$54,172$26.04
14Philadelphia, PA$51,774$24.89
15Wichita, KS$50,715$24.38

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Washington, NJ
  3. Seattle, WA
  4. Washington, DC
  5. New York, NY

Educator Salary Details

Educator Salary

What is an Educator's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$72,000$6,000$35
75th Percentile$60,000$5,000$29
Average$48,531$4,044$23
25th Percentile$39,000$3,250$19
10th Percentile$32,000$2,667$15

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Teacher-In-Training$37,113$3,093$17.84132,725
First Grade Teacher$50,112$4,176$24.0970,517
Certified Teacher$48,734$4,061$23.4392,051
6th Grade Teacher$49,092$4,091$23.6069,523
Teacher$47,494$3,958$22.8371,918
Summer School Teacher$55,912$4,659$26.8886,467

How would you rate the starting salaries for Educators, as well as the prospects for salary advancement?

Dr. Bryan Carter Ph.D.

Director, Center for Digital Humanities, Associate Professor, Africana Studies, University of Arizona

Starting salaries for assistant professors are decent. Not great, but will be above the poverty line. It will depend on the type of academic position one receives. Salary prospects for those with digital skillsets will be higher over the years.Show more

Which Companies Pay Educators The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Google and Estée Lauder are the highest paying companies for educators.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Google$150,367$72.292
2Estée Lauder$97,160$46.713
3MicroStrategy$91,190$43.84
4Prime Healthcare$88,429$42.5121
5Esri$87,002$41.83
6Voya Financial$85,810$41.2511
7Virginia Eye Institute$84,611$40.68
8Dignity Health$83,352$40.0720
9United Therapeutics$82,565$39.69
10ONE Gas$82,496$39.66
11Philips$80,129$38.52
12CHRISTUS Health$77,617$37.3227
13Legacy Health$77,430$37.2321
14Hoag$76,515$36.791
15Mount Sinai Health System$76,223$36.6514
16Stanford University$75,344$36.2210
17Texas Children's Hospital$72,120$34.6716
18Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center$71,505$34.385
19Stanford Health Care$71,108$34.1914
20Seattle Children's Healthcare System$70,717$34.007

How Much Do Educators Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much an educator salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The health care industry pays educators an average salary of $51,129

  2. The education industry pay $48,625

  3. The lowest paying industry for educators is the media industry. Educators in this industry earn an average salary of $42,362

Highest Paying Industries For Educators

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Health Care$51,129$24.58
2Education$48,625$23.38
3Retail$44,558$21.42
4Government$44,549$21.42
5Media$42,362$20.37

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Educator Salary Trends

Average Educator Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Educator Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$48,500$23.33+2.1%
    2021$47,500$22.85+2.4%
    2020$46,400$22.29+1.8%
    2019$45,500$21.88+2.4%
    2018$44,400$21.36+1.6%

    Recently Added Educator Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    North Arlington Public SchoolsEducation PositionsNorth Arlington, NJ06/02/2022$27,131
    Key Autism ServicesAutism EducatorMorton Grove, IL06/01/2022$41,740
    UchealthSterile Processing EducatorDenver, CO06/01/2022$43,952
    Inspire DiagnosticsResidential Rehab Educator, Daytime, SAT, SUN, MON, Thurs, 9A-7P, Weymouth BWeymouth Town, MA06/01/2022$35,479
    Los Angeles LGBT CenterHealth Education Specialist II #720042Los Angeles, CA06/01/2022$37,566
    Retirement Education Spec In St. Louis, MissouriRetirement Education SpecGrand Rapids, MI05/31/2022$58,000
    Florida Atlantic UniversityMedical Education SpecialistBoca Raton, FL05/31/2022$35,705
    BamsiPrevention EducatorPlymouth, MA05/31/2022$50,088
    Unitypoint HealthHealth Education Specialist II at The Hult CenterPeoria, IL05/31/2022$39,090
    New York Botanical GardenEcag Summer Camp EducatorNew York, NY05/31/2022$45,914

    Educator Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Educators the most?

    Washington pays Educators the most in the United States, with an average salary of $64,658 per year, or $31.09 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as an Educator?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Educator if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Connecticut you should be paid close to $64,255 per year.

    What type of Educator gets paid the most?

    Summer School Teacher gets paid the most. Summer School Teacher made a median salary of $55,912. The best-paid 10 percent make $68,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $45,000.

    What is a good starting salary for an Educator?

    A good starting salary for an educator is $32,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for an educator in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for educators is $48,531, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for an educator can vary by state.

    Can you make 100k as a teacher?

    Yes, you can make $100k working as a teacher. While most teachers in the U.S. make around $60,000 a year, some teachers can acquire paychecks of $100,000 or more. A teacher's salary can depend on the school district, level of education, experience, and the teaching job.

    What is the average educator salary?

    The average educator's salary is around $40,000 a year. However, this can vary significantly depending on the state, level of teaching, experience, union participation, and a variety of other factors.

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