States Where Teachers Are Paid the Most and Least

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31. Maine
> Median salary, school teachers: $53,180
> Median salary, all workers: $36,210 (25th lowest)
> Per pupil expenditure: $15,912 (7th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 87.5% (12th highest)
> Cost of living: 2.0% less than nat’l avg. (19th highest)

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32. Montana
> Median salary, school teachers: $50,851
> Median salary, all workers: $33,840 (13th lowest)
> Per pupil expenditure: $13,849 (15th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 86.0% (19th highest)
> Cost of living: 5.2% less than nat’l avg. (24th lowest)

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33. South Carolina
> Median salary, school teachers: $50,823
> Median salary, all workers: $32,780 (6th lowest)
> Per pupil expenditure: $11,178 (20th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 80.3% (16th lowest)
> Cost of living: 9.7% less than nat’l avg. (12th lowest)

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34. Colorado
> Median salary, school teachers: $50,284
> Median salary, all workers: $40,880 (11th highest)
> Per pupil expenditure: $9,733 (10th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 77.3% (6th lowest)
> Cost of living: 3.2% greater than nat’l avg. (11th highest)

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35. North Dakota
> Median salary, school teachers: $50,209
> Median salary, all workers: $40,040 (13th highest)
> Per pupil expenditure: $14,372 (12th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 86.6% (17th highest)
> Cost of living: 7.7% less than nat’l avg. (18th lowest)