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Highest Paying States for Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

The highest paying states for secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical 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 secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $82,120, Alaska is the highest paying state for secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education. It is followed by New York (average annual salary $79,740). 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 secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Alaska
$82,120
$56,060 2,250
2 New York
$79,740
$47,010 70,630
3 Connecticut
$79,050
$47,380 14,870
4 California
$77,980
$49,930 107,680
5 Massachusetts
$74,550
$48,320 26,340
6 New Jersey
$74,510
$53,740 29,510
7 Rhode Island
$69,280
$42,570 4,140
8 Oregon
$68,890
$42,110 10,290
9 Maryland
$67,830
$43,400 19,830
10 Washington
$66,690
$45,900 14,380
11 Pennsylvania
$64,490
$41,590 47,140
12 Virginia
$64,230
$42,490 27,030
13 Illinois
$63,680
$38,850 42,820
14 Delaware
$63,050
$43,810 2,940
15 Michigan
$62,660
$37,170 22,080
16 Minnesota
$62,260
$40,180 20,720
17 District of Columbia
$61,850
$35,630 3,290
18 Vermont
$61,280
$38,490 2,120
19 Ohio
$59,990
$38,290 50,510
20 New Hampshire
$59,850
$40,460 5,360
21 Wyoming
$59,510
$43,840 1,860
22 Hawaii
$58,880
$40,710 4,030
23 Texas
$57,340
$42,250 113,120
24 Nevada
$56,980
$42,480 5,780
25 Wisconsin
$56,090
$39,470 19,330
26 Georgia
$56,040
$36,940 27,070
27 Nebraska
$55,370
$38,510 7,900
28 Kentucky
$54,940
$40,430 12,250
29 Utah
$54,210
$32,990 8,740
30 Iowa
$54,170
$35,610 13,030
31 New Mexico
$53,780
$33,870 6,620
32 Maine
$53,310
$34,800 5,740
33 South Carolina
$52,580
$35,110 15,580
34 Colorado
$51,430
$35,930 16,750
35 Indiana
$50,850
$34,840 19,730
36 Montana
$50,740
$30,780 3,690
37 Alabama
$50,140
$37,550 15,610
38 Arkansas
$50,090
$36,870 10,680
39 Tennessee
$50,070
$36,620 18,850
40 North Dakota
$49,560
$36,580 2,780
41 Florida
$49,520
$38,220 46,920
42 Louisiana
$49,320
$40,880 14,060
43 Kansas
$48,750
$35,420 11,540
44 Idaho
$47,900
$32,340 4,850
45 Guam
$47,600
$29,410 620
46 Missouri
$47,190
$33,300 27,550
47 Arizona
$46,470
$33,610 16,910
48 West Virginia
$45,680
$34,330 4,250
49 Mississippi
$45,550
$33,230 8,800
50 North Carolina
$45,480
$34,020 24,170
51 Virgin Islands
$43,850
$32,690 540
52 South Dakota
$41,470
$32,450 3,580
53 Oklahoma
$40,090
$32,000 11,510
54 Puerto Rico
$34,860
$23,080 8,600
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