How much do salaries of teachers in the United States vary between the 51 states? The answer is that the average salaries of teachers in American states can differ as much as almost $40,000 per annum! This is the difference between New York with $85,889 and Mississippi with $45,574 for a national average of $58,593. Here are some interesting findings on teacher salaries by state in the United States of America for 2022.
New Teachers Earn Under Livable Wage
New teachers in all but Washington DC and New Jersey start with salaries below $50,000 per annum, with thirty of the 51 States starting at under $30,000 which is under the living wage (for families) in almost all states!
The livable or living wage, is the income required a single person would need to cover to make a basic living without assistance in a particular area. It must not be confused with a minimum hourly labor wage. The living wage is also calculated for a family of four, with two working adults and two school-going children.
District of Columbia (Washington DC) is the most expensive place in the USA with a living wage of $20.80 per hour ($43,258 per year) per person and $27.06 ($112,551) for a family of four. The minimum wage is $15.20. The starting salary for teachers is $55,209 per year.
The comparable numbers for New York are a minimum wage of $13.20 per hour, a livable wage of $20.05 ($41,700) per individual, $26.50 ($110,225) per family of four. The average teacher salary is a whopping $85,889!
California’s minimum is $15.00, with a living wage of $19.41 ($40,371) per individual and $27.42 ($101,378) family, respectively. The average earnings for teachers is $82,282.
Mississippi ranks as America’s poorest state with a minimum wage of $7.25, a living wage of $14.20 ($29,542) per individual and $19.36 ($80,523) for a family of four. The average teacher salary is the lowest of the 51 states at $45,574.
The lowest teacher’s starting salary in the USA, however, belongs to Montana at $31,418.
What is the average teacher salary in the US?
The national average public school teacher salary for 2018-2019 was $61,189 – 6,7% less than the national average salary. Worryingly, the average teacher salary has fallen 4.6% in the last 10 years. According to the World Population Review, the average for 2022 is $58,593. The worrisome tendency is that salaries are not rising with the sudden increase in inflation.
Keep in mind that these are ‘ballpark numbers,’ teacher salaries vary from state to state, within districts, schools and grades. In some cases, salaries are based on years of experience, qualifications, and specialist subjects (PE teachers don’t get the same as Math teachers).
Which US state has the highest teacher salary?
New York has the highest average salary for teachers in the US at $85,889 p.a. for 2022. The average teacher salary in New York is 11% higher than other full-time workers in the state. However, the cost of living in New York is high, with a liveable wage of $56,000, with new teachers on average starting at $51,443 p.a.
Which state has the lowest teacher salary in the US?
Mississippi has the lowest average teacher salary in the US at $45,105.
The above video shows the average US teacher salaries by state from lowest to highest for 2020.
This information was taken from the National Center for Education Statistics for the 2018-2019 School year.
US Teacher Salary by State 2022
This information is from The World Population Review.