Special Report

Places With the Most Underpaid Teachers

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16. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
> Regional price-adjusted average teacher pay: $50,520
> Average wages (bachelor’s degree): $51,840
> Number of teachers: 35,840
> Adults w/ high school diploma: 87.1%

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15. Asheville, NC
> Regional price-adjusted average teacher pay: $43,070
> Average wages (bachelor’s degree): $39,937
> Number of teachers: 3,420
> Adults w/ high school diploma: 89.1%

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14. Wilmington, NC
> Regional price-adjusted average teacher pay: $43,550
> Average wages (bachelor’s degree): $44,800
> Number of teachers: 2,420
> Adults w/ high school diploma: 91.0%

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13. Colorado Springs, CO
> Regional price-adjusted average teacher pay: $51,430
> Average wages (bachelor’s degree): $45,615
> Number of teachers: 7,790
> Adults w/ high school diploma: 94.4%

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12. Rocky Mount, NC
> Regional price-adjusted average teacher pay: $38,570
> Average wages (bachelor’s degree): $47,357
> Number of teachers: 1,320
> Adults w/ high school diploma: 81.4%