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Teacher Pay: How Pennsylvania Ranks

From patch.com

How does teacher pay in Pennsylvania compare to salaries across the country?

Nationally, teachers were paid an average annual salary $60,483 in the 2017- 2018 school year, according to the most recent data available from the National Education Association. In Pennsylvania, the average salary was $67,398, ranking 9th among U.S. states.

In general, teachers in K-12 public schools are paid about 30 percent less than comparably educated U.S. workers, according to the Brookings Institute. Globally, U.S. teacher salaries lag far behind, even when compared to Finland, known for its meager teacher salaries. The Brookings Institute said that to match salaries in Finland would require a 10 percent raise for elementary school teachers, an 18 percent raise for middle school teachers and a 28 percent raise for high school teachers.

High-profile teacher strikes in a handful of states earlier this year could be a foreshadowing of issues in newly configured state legislatures in 2019. School funding and teacher pay drove at least 177 teachers to run for election in recent midterm elections, and at least 42 of them won, mostly in statehouse races.

While more teachers lost their elections than won, teachers still tout the impact their activism had on voters. Among those who won office was a high school social studies teacher in Oklahoma who joined his colleagues in a 10-day strike in April. The state’s average teacher pay is the third-lowest in the country, according to the NEA data.

Here’s how the states ranked:

  1. New York: $83,585
  2. California: $81,126
  3. Massachusetts: $79,710
  4. District of Columbia: $76,486
  5. Connecticut: $73,113
  6. New Jersey: $69,917
  7. Maryland: $69,761
  8. Alaska: $69,474
  9. Pennsylvania: $67,398
  10. Illinois: $66,778
  11. Rhode Island: $66,758
  12. Oregon: $63,143
  13. Michigan: $62,702
  14. Delaware: $60,484
  15. Wyoming: $58,578
  16. Vermont: $58,572
  17. Ohio: $58,000
  18. New Hampshire: $57,833
  19. Hawaii: $57,866
  20. Nevada: $57,812
  21. Minnesota: $57,782
  22. Iowa: $56,790
  23. Georgia: $56,329
  24. Wisconsin: $55,895
  25. Washington: $55,175
  26. North Dakota: $54,421
  27. Indiana: $54,846
  28. Nebraska: $53,473
  29. Texas: $53,167
  30. Kentucky: $52,952
  31. Montana: $52,776
  32. Colorado: $52,389
  33. Maine: $51,663
  34. Virginia: $51,265
  35. South Carolina, $51,027
  36. Tennessee: $50,900
  37. North Carolina: $50,861
  38. Kansas: $50,403
  39. Louisiana: $50,256
  40. Alabama: $50,239
  41. Idaho: $49,225
  42. Missouri: $49,208
  43. Arkansas: $49,017
  44. South Dakota: $47,944
  45. New Mexico: $47,839
  46. Florida: $47,721
  47. Arizona: $47,746
  48. Utah: $47,604
  49. Oklahoma: $45,678
  50. West Virginia: $45,642
  51. Mississippi: $43,107

 

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