Special Report

States Where Teachers Are Paid the Most and Least

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50. South Dakota
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $44,472
> Avg salary, all workers: $42,920 — 3rd lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $17,659 — 16th lowest
> Teacher employment: 9,490 (42.9% elementary, 20.2% middle, 36.9% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 84.1% — 20th lowest
> Cost of living: 12.1% lower than nat’l avg. — 6th lowest

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49. Mississippi
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $45,803
> Avg salary, all workers: $40,090 — the lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $17,101 — 13th lowest
> Teacher employment: 27,370 (45.1% elementary, 22.6% middle, 32.3% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 84.0% — 19th lowest
> Cost of living: 14.0% lower than nat’l avg. — 2nd lowest

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48. Oklahoma
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $46,471
> Avg salary, all workers: $45,620 — 11th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $15,069 — 6th lowest
> Teacher employment: 37,980 (47.3% elementary, 21.9% middle, 30.8% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 81.8% — 12th lowest
> Cost of living: 11.6% lower than nat’l avg. — 8th lowest

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47. West Virginia
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $46,805
> Avg salary, all workers: $43,420 — 4th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $19,811 — 23rd lowest
> Teacher employment: 14,950 (35.7% elementary, 34.5% middle, 29.8% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 90.2% — 4th highest
> Cost of living: 12.2% lower than nat’l avg. — 5th lowest

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46. Arizona
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $47,012
> Avg salary, all workers: $50,930 — 20th highest
> 2017 school spending per student: $13,651 — 3rd lowest
> Teacher employment: 52,610 (44.3% elementary, 23.4% middle, 32.3% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 78.7% — 4th lowest
> Cost of living: 3.5% lower than nat’l avg. — 25th highest