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Salaries: Us Vs. Them

March 01, 2000 3 min read
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Education Week analyzed U.S. Census Bureau earnings data and confirmed what’s long been suspected: Teachers make less than other college-educated workers—a lot less. From 1994 to 1998, for example, the average salary for teachers with a master’s degree climbed all of $200, after adjusting for inflation. During that time, the average pay for other workers with the same credentials jumped $17,505.

Here is Education Week‘s state-by-state comparison of the salaries of teachers—both public and private—with other workers. The pay of teachers and nonteachers with a bachelor’s degree is compared first, then the salaries of those with a master’s. In each case, we’ve added a ranking, assigning “1" to the state where the salary gap between teachers is the smallest, based on percentage differences.

Bachelor’s degree Master’s Degree
Teachers Others Rank Teachers Others Rank
Alabama $32,104 $44,391 25 $37,041 $65,699 43
Alaska $29,113 $33,850 5 $41,666 $51,850 2
Arizona $28,106 $43,051 43 $37,771 $60,808 35
Arkansas $27,572 $38,942 29 $37,035 $59,433 34
California $30,332 $39,673 19 $37,274 $57,740 25
Colorado $24,475 $41,138 47 $37,579 $59,895 32
Connecticut $33,086 $37,818 3 $42,516 $61,424 15
Delaware $28,929 $42,456 37 $42,489 $55,668 18
D.C n/a $31,485 _ $36,973 $54,026 3
Florida $31,645 $41,801 21 $39,034 $62,403 33
Georgia $31,011 $44,422 33 $38,730 $63,226 38
Hawaii $26,445 $29,903 1 $25,132 $45,137 44
Idaho $27,733 $39,973 35 $35,813 $54.707 35
Illinois $30,519 $45,391 40 $43,258 $64,146 19
Indiana n/a $43,484 _ $45,309 $65,641 16
Iowa $30,296 $39,137 16 $40,306 $65,077 36
Kansas $27,819 $41,745 41 $39,434 $61,667 29
Kentucky $26,568 $45,036 48 $39,324 $73,201 49
Louisiana $26,612 $46,058 49 $32,270 $67,880 50
Maine $27,214 $38,444 30 n/a $53,200 _
Maryland $28,980 $42,326 36 $40,905 $58,045 11
Massachusetts $28,075 $38,438 22 $36,362 $56,587 27
Michigan $36,359 $46,643 15 $51,562 $68,794 5
Minnesota $31,599 $41,657 20 $47,756 $65,360 7
Mississippi $27,606 $40,917 39 $34,810 $58,116 39
Missouri $26,889 $38,471 32 $36,502 $55,221 21
Montana $28,341 $32,105 2 $39,496 $43,417 1
Nebraska $28,174 $39,577 28 $40,197 $57,891 14
Nevada $29,989 $41,731 26 $40,802 $63,387 26
New Hampshire $31,352 $40,747 18 $34,849 $55,400 31
New Jersey $34,567 $42,814 13 $43,375 $62,042 13
New Mexico $25,796 $37,105 34 $33,518 $54,343 37
New York $30,400 $41,851 23 $41,831 $60,887 17
North Carolina $26,149 $40,185 44 $31,860 $58,387 47
North Dakota $26,830 $32,937 9 $36,349 $55,425 23
Ohio $32,410 $44,961 42 $34,710 $62,922 41
Oklahoma $29,886 $44,961 42 $34,710 $62,922 45
Oregon $32,978 $40,399 8 $41,011 $56,613 9
Pennsylvania $35,218 $42,596 6 $45,692 $67,894 20
Rhode Island $31,734 $39,131 11 $40,389 $57,342 12
South Carolina $29,812 $46,123 45 $38,594 $60,590 30
South Dakota $27,091 $35,140 17 $38,267 $58,103 22
Tennessee $29,167 $46,740 46 $37,665 $69,545 48
Texas $32,390 $47,804 38 $41,420 $75,136 46
Utah $29,464 $41,283 27 $36,203 $61,090 40
Vermont $30,409 $34,891 4 $37,490 $50,602 6
Virginia $30,660 $43,644 31 $39,048 $67,442 42
Washington $33,172 $40,839 10 $40,050 $56,116 10
West Virginia $30,994 $39,131 14 $37,328 $58,261 28
Wisconsin $34,839 $43,141 12 $48,057 $65,881 8
Wyoming $29,109 $35,384 7 $36,910 $48,596 4
U.S. $30,074 $43,075 _ $40,703 $63,483 _

Data in the table are averages from annual surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau 1992-99. All figures have been adjusted using a cost of living index developed by the American Federation of Teachers.

Education Week worked on this analysis with Martha Scobee of the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Data Center.

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