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Substitute Teacher Salary Information

The salary statistics of substitute teachers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of substitute teachers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The substitute teachers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Substitute Teacher Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,460
25th Percentile Wage
$21,850
50th Percentile Wage
$28,010
75th Percentile Wage
$36,550
90th Percentile Wage
$46,140

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for substitute teachers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) substitute teachers is $46,140. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $28,010. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,460. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 149% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of substitute teachers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201628,0104.21%7.43%
201526,8302.35%-
201426,2001.41%-
201325,830-0.39%-
201225,930--

Table 2. Substitute Teacher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of substitute teachers in 6 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for substitute teachers occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $34,270. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $23,510).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$34,270
Federal, State, and Local Government
$29,940
Educational Services
$28,340
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$25,740
Health Care and Social Assistance
$23,800
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$23,510

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Substitute Teachers by States

From the above tables we note that not only substitute teachers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of substitute teachers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,970 to $45,660. The highest paying state for substitute teachers is Oregon with a median annual salary of $45,660. The lowest paying state is Alabama with a median annual salary of $17,970. For more salary information of substitute teachers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Oregon
$45,660
Hawaii
$44,510
Alaska
$38,830
California
$38,240
West Virginia
$37,310
Washington
$36,930
District of Columbia
$36,530
Minnesota
$32,770
New York
$32,670
Nebraska
$32,490
Maryland
$32,410
Illinois
$29,800
Virginia
$29,660
Wisconsin
$29,070
Wyoming
$28,770
Iowa
$28,700
Connecticut
$28,680
New Jersey
$28,460
Nevada
$28,200
Rhode Island
$28,190
South Dakota
$28,000
Pennsylvania
$27,850
Kansas
$27,590
Massachusetts
$27,080
Arizona
$26,790
Ohio
$25,830
Utah
$24,890
Vermont
$24,520
Delaware
$23,940
Florida
$23,820
Michigan
$23,810
North Carolina
$23,390
Missouri
$23,360
Colorado
$23,200
New Hampshire
$22,960
Maine
$22,800
New Mexico
$22,530
Texas
$22,490
Louisiana
$22,170
Montana
$21,690
South Carolina
$21,610
Indiana
$20,720
Idaho
$19,830
Georgia
$19,810
Tennessee
$19,090
Arkansas
$19,050
Kentucky
$18,990
Oklahoma
$18,500
Mississippi
$18,090
Alabama
$17,970


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