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Highest Paying States for Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

The highest paying states for elementary school teachers, except special education (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of elementary school teachers, except special education in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $78,290, California is the highest paying state for elementary school teachers, except special education. It is followed by Connecticut (average annual salary $77,400). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of elementary school teachers, except special education in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 California
$78,290
$50,020 157,240
2 Connecticut
$77,400
$49,340 17,860
3 New York
$77,300
$43,470 80,930
4 Massachusetts
$74,650
$46,220 28,720
5 District of Columbia
$74,630
$55,560 2,890
6 Alaska
$74,310
$54,080 3,190
7 Rhode Island
$71,100
$42,680 3,450
8 Maryland
$65,740
$44,110 24,670
9 New Jersey
$65,640
$51,040 42,520
10 Virginia
$64,090
$42,050 35,540
11 Oregon
$64,090
$35,820 15,220
12 Washington
$64,000
$43,660 25,890
13 Pennsylvania
$62,340
$40,750 54,140
14 Michigan
$61,510
$35,390 38,080
15 Minnesota
$60,670
$37,930 24,670
16 Hawaii
$59,930
$42,440 6,000
17 Ohio
$59,560
$36,110 49,030
18 Delaware
$59,020
$42,030 4,060
19 Illinois
$58,820
$34,860 72,270
20 Vermont
$58,670
$38,220 3,590
21 Wyoming
$58,080
$44,000 2,800
22 New Hampshire
$57,430
$39,530 5,710
23 New Mexico
$56,250
$37,110 7,580
24 Wisconsin
$56,140
$37,970 29,520
25 Texas
$56,050
$42,020 140,310
26 Nebraska
$55,700
$36,780 10,140
27 Nevada
$55,580
$41,840 10,400
28 Georgia
$55,000
$34,970 55,360
29 Kentucky
$53,450
$38,640 18,980
30 Iowa
$53,270
$34,510 18,180
31 Utah
$53,060
$31,000 13,520
32 Maine
$52,940
$35,300 5,360
33 Montana
$49,810
$31,480 4,330
34 Colorado
$49,770
$34,880 26,150
35 Alabama
$49,590
$36,800 24,150
36 North Dakota
$49,340
$37,300 4,410
37 South Carolina
$49,270
$33,490 21,830
38 Tennessee
$49,110
$36,250 29,030
39 Indiana
$48,990
$33,880 27,010
40 Guam
$48,950
$29,070 890
41 Kansas
$48,060
$35,030 15,750
42 Missouri
$47,950
$33,100 27,420
43 Louisiana
$47,640
$39,620 23,670
44 Arkansas
$47,300
$35,400 12,200
45 Florida
$47,200
$34,990 72,560
46 West Virginia
$45,470
$34,010 6,580
47 North Carolina
$45,120
$33,840 40,580
48 Idaho
$44,740
$31,200 8,200
49 Mississippi
$43,400
$33,490 14,870
50 Arizona
$43,280
$33,180 21,880
51 Virgin Islands
$41,510
$20,840 680
52 South Dakota
$40,780
$32,000 4,040
53 Oklahoma
$38,420
$32,220 16,680
54 Puerto Rico
$37,090
$19,310 12,130
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