Here’s how much every US state pays its teachers and how much they spend on each student

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Public school teachers made $61,730, on average, in 2018-2019.

  • May 3 to May 7 is National Teacher Appreciation Week.
  • The typical public school teacher’s salary varies across the country.
  • The following is how much public school teachers made during the 2019-2020 school year.
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51. Mississippi

Mississippi teacher pre k

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $45,192

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -6.6%

State spending per student: $8,935

50. Florida

Florida hi five

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $48,800

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -12.5%

State spending per student: $9,346

49. South Dakota

South Dakota teacher pay

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $49,220

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 11.4%

State spending per student: $10,073

48. Arkansas

Arkansas recorder lesson

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $49,822

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -1.8%

State spending per student: $10,139

47. Louisiana

Louisiana hand raise teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $50,217

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -0.2%

State spending per student: $11,452

46. West Virginia

West Virginia capitol Charleston uncle sam

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $50,238

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -5.6%

State spending per student: $11,334

45. Arizona

Arizona principal empty classroom

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $50,381

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -10.1%

State spending per student: $8,239

44. Missouri

Missouri teacher student

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $50,817

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -6.2%

State spending per student: $10,810

43. South Carolina

South Carolina teacher student

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $51,485

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -6.1%

State spending per student: $10,856

42. Indiana

Indiana teacher slideshow

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $51,508

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -19.0%

State spending per student: $10,262

41. Tennessee

Tennessee calculators TI

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $51,862

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -6.0%

State spending per student: $9,544

40. Montana

Montana teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $52,135

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 6.8%

State spending per student: $11,680

39. North Dakota

NOrth Dakota teacher helping student

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $52,328

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 15.3%

State spending per student: $13,758

38. Kansas

Kansas teacher reading

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $52,554

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -1.1%

State spending per student: $11,653

37. Utah

Utah Salt Lake City teachers

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $52,819

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -0.5%

State spending per student: $7,628

36. Idaho

Idaho teacher toothpick

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $52,875

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -2.1%

State spending per student: $7,771

35. Kentucky

Kentucky teacher rally

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $53,907

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -2.5%

State spending per student: $11,110

34. Virginia

Virginia birds teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $53,933

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -8.4%

State spending per student: $12,216

33. Oklahoma

Oklahoma Teachers strike

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $54,038

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 13.6%

State spending per student: $8,239

32. Alabama

Alabama scholarships classroom

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $54,095

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -3.0%

State spending per student: $9,696

31. New Mexico

Arizona teacher rally

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $54,256

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 9.7%

State spending per student: $9,582

30. North Carolina

North Carolina rally public education

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $54,682

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -8.7%

State spending per student: $9,377

29. Maine

Maine teacher talking to student

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $54,967

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 1.7%

State spending per student: $14,145

28. Nebraska

South Dakota teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $55,267

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 9.4%

State spending per student: $12,491

27. Nevada

Nevada ESL teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $56,672

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -5.3%

State spending per student: $9,417

26. Texas

Texas teacher protest

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $57,091

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 0.0%

State spending per student: $9,606

25. Colorado

Colorado teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $57,269

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -1.2%

State spending per student: $10,202

24. Minnesota

Minnesota handson teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $58,663

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -3.0%

State spending per student: $12,975

23. Iowa

Iowa teacher reading

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $58,917

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 8.7%

State spending per student: $11,732

22. Wyoming

Wyoming teacher development

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $59,014

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 13.8%

State spending per student: $16,224

21. Wisconsin

Wisconsin teacher classroom

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $59,176

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -5.4%

State spending per student: $12,285

20. Ohio

Ohio teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $59,713

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -5.2%

State spending per student: $13,027

19. New Hampshire

New Hampshire teacher desk apple

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $60,003

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 4.7%

State spending per student: $16,893

18. Georgia

Georgia teacher hands raised

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $60,578

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -2.8%

State spending per student: $10,810

17. Vermont

Vermont vegetables

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $61,108

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 6.5%

State spending per student: $19,340

16. Michigan

Teacher handouts michigan

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $62,185

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -16.6%

State spending per student: $12,345

15. Delaware

Delaware teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $64,853

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -3.9%

State spending per student: $15,639

14. Hawaii

Hawaii classroom textbooks

2018-2019 average teacher salary: $65,409

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 6.1%

State spending per student: $15,242

13. Rhode Island

Rhode Island teacher lockers

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $67,323

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -5.8%

State spending per student: $16,121

12. Oregon

Oregon teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $67,685

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 5.2%

State spending per student: $11,920

11. Illinois

Illinois backpacks

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $68,305

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -3.3%

State spending per student: $15,741

10. Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania teacher lecture

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $70,258

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -4.3%

State spending per student: $16,395

9. Alaska

Alaska teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $70,877

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 0.4%

State spending per student: $17,726

8. Washington

Washington teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $72,965

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 17.0%

State spending per student: $12,995

7. Maryland

Maryland school hallway

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $73,444

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 9.7%

State spending per student: $14,762

6. New Jersey

New Jersey teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $76,376

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -3.4%

State spending per student: $20,021

5. Connecticut

Connecticut classroom

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $78,247

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -0.5%

State spending per student: $20,635

4. Washington, DC

DC school teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $79,350

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 10.9%

State spending per student: $22,759

3. Massachusetts

Massachusetts teacher cursive

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $83,622

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 18.2%

State spending per student: $17,058

2. California

California teacher poster

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $84,659

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 16.9%

State spending per student: $12,498

1. New York

Teacher New York

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $87,543

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 12.9%

State spending per student: $24,040

Method and data source

Although teachers have the incredibly important job of educating the next generation of Americans, their earnings vary widely across the country. 

Nationwide, the average public school teacher salary for the 2019-2020 school year was $63,645, according to data from the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. While the nominal teacher salary has increased over the last couple decades, when adjusted for inflation, average salary is about 0.2% higher than the $63,523 average in the 1999-2000 school year using 2019-2020 dollars.

While many teachers earn a solid middle-class wage, the job comes with unique challenges. Many teachers across the US end up spending a not-insignificant amount of their take-home pay on school supplies for their students and classrooms.

The above slides show how much public school teachers made during the 2019-2020 school year (the most recent year for which data is available in each state) according to the NCES, as well as the total amount spent per public-school student during the 2018 fiscal year in each state, according to the Census Bureau.

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