States Where Teachers Are Paid the Most and Least

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36. Alabama
> Median salary, school teachers: $49,777
> Median salary, all workers: $32,800 (7th lowest)
> Per pupil expenditure: $10,142 (14th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 89.3% (3rd highest)
> Cost of living: 13.2% less than nat’l avg. (2nd lowest)

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37. Indiana
> Median salary, school teachers: $49,759
> Median salary, all workers: $34,590 (15th lowest)
> Per pupil expenditure: $11,342 (21st lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 87.1% (15th highest)
> Cost of living: 9.3% less than nat’l avg. (16th lowest)

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38. Tennessee
> Median salary, school teachers: $49,303
> Median salary, all workers: $33,860 (14th lowest)
> Per pupil expenditure: $9,605 (9th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 87.9% (9th highest)
> Cost of living: 10.1% less than nat’l avg. (10th lowest)

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39. Arkansas
> Median salary, school teachers: $48,512
> Median salary, all workers: $30,810 (2nd lowest)
> Per pupil expenditure: $11,758 (24th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 84.9% (25th highest)
> Cost of living: 12.6% less than nat’l avg. (3rd lowest)

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40. Kansas
> Median salary, school teachers: $48,453
> Median salary, all workers: $35,150 (20th lowest)
> Per pupil expenditure: $11,761 (25th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 85.7% (20th highest)
> Cost of living: 9.6% less than nat’l avg. (13th lowest)