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Report: New Teachers Earning 11% Than 30 Years Ago

Schools across the nation are having difficulty filling teacher positions, with low wages being a primary cause. In this new report from MyElearningWorld.com, the stagnation of teacher salaries is examined, focusing on new teachers in particular.

After crunching the numbers, MyElearningWorld.com found that new teachers are earning 11% less than they were 30 years ago when accounting for inflation.

Other interesting data in the report includes:



  • New teachers make on average $41,780 per year
  • If salaries kept up with inflation, new teachers would make an average of $46,762, or $4,982 more annually
  • 1st year teachers earn ~25% less per year than the average college graduate, who makes $55,000+ per year)

“School staffing shortages are not new, but what we are seeing now, is an unprecedented staffing crisis across every job category,” said National Education Association President Becky Pringle.

The site also took a look at the average teacher salary in every state across the country using the latest data from the National Education Association. These average teacher salary figures do not yet reflect the new pay increases some of the states that have passed pay increases for school teachers, including Florida. Here are the averages per MyElearningWorld.com’s follow up on teacher salaries:



  • Alabama – $54,095
  • Alaska – $72,010
  • Arizona – $50,782
  • Arkansas – $50,456
  • California – $84,531
  • Colorado – $57,706
  • Connecticut – $78,427
  • Delaware – $64,853
  • Florida – $49,102
  • Georgia – $60,578
  • Hawaii – $65,409
  • Idaho – $52,875
  • Illinois – $68,083
  • Indiana – $51,745
  • Iowa – $58,184
  • Kansas – $51,320
  • Kentucky – $53,907
  • Louisiana – $51,566
  • Maine – $55,276
  • Maryland – $73,444
  • Massachusetts – $84,290
  • Michigan – $63,568
  • Minnesota – $58,663
  • Mississippi – $46,843
  • Missouri – $50,817
  • Montana – $52,135
  • Nebraska – $55,267
  • Nevada – $56,672
  • New Hampshire – $59,622
  • New Jersey – $76,376
  • New Mexico – $54,256
  • New York – $87,069
  • North Carolina – $54,150
  • North Dakota – $53,525
  • Ohio – $61,406
  • Oklahoma – $54,096
  • Oregon – $67,685
  • Pennsylvania – $70,339
  • Rhode Island – $75,336
  • South Carolina – $53,329
  • South Dakota – $48,984
  • Tennessee – $51,862
  • Texas – $57,090
  • Utah – $54,678
  • Vermont – $61,108
  • Virginia – $57,665
  • Washington – $76,743
  • West Virginia – $50,238
  • Wisconsin – $59,431
  • Wyoming – $59,786

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