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The States Where Teachers Make the Most (and Least) Amount of Money

Study reveals where in the United States teachers can find the best salaries


February 22, 2017

Teachers in states like Alaska and New York are being paid on average almost double the salaries of their peers in Mississippi and Oklahoma, according to a study just released by GOBankingRates.

The study used the Bureau of Labor Statistics latest data, compiling average elementary, middle and high school teacher salaries by state.

"While no one enters the teaching industry for the money, our study findings reveal some rather large income discrepancies depending on where in the country teachers live," said Kristen Bonner, lead researcher on the study. "For those in the education industry who might be considering a relocation, a state's job opportunity and competition ratings are also important factors to keep in mind."

The 10 states where teachers get paid the most:

Alaska: $77,843

New York: $76,593

Connecticut: $75,867

California: $72,050

Massachusetts: $71,587

New Jersey: $70,700

Rhode Island: $67,533

Maryland: $65,257

Illinois: $65,153

Virginia: $63,493

The 10 states where teachers get paid the least:

Mississippi: $42,043

Oklahoma: $42,647

South Dakota: $43,200

North Carolina: $43,587

Arizona: $43,800

West Virginia: $45,477

Arkansas: $47,053

Idaho: $47,063

Kansas: $47,127

Louisiana: $48,587

To see where your state ranked, visit:

About GOBankingRates: is a personal finance news and features website dedicated to helping visitors live a richer life. From tips on saving money, to investing for retirement or finding a good interest rate, GOBankingRates helps turn financial goals into milestones and money dreams into realities. Its content is regularly featured on top-tier media outlets including MSN, MONEY, AOL Finance, CBS MoneyWatch, Business Insider and dozens of others. GOBankingRates specializes in connecting consumers with the financial institutions and products that best match their needs. Start your journey toward a rich mind and full wallet with us here.


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