Special Report

States Where Teachers Are Paid the Most and Least

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45. North Carolina
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $49,179
> Avg salary, all workers: $48,550 — 22nd lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $17,461 — 15th lowest
> Teacher employment: 85,320 (49.8% elementary, 22.0% middle, 28.2% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 86.3% — 25th lowest
> Cost of living: 8.2% lower than nat’l avg. — 19th lowest

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44. Louisiana
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $49,933
> Avg salary, all workers: $44,170 — 6th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $17,271 — 14th lowest
> Teacher employment: 46,080 (51.4% elementary, 16.5% middle, 32.1% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 81.4% — 9th lowest
> Cost of living: 10.9% lower than nat’l avg. — 10th lowest

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43. Idaho
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $50,111
> Avg salary, all workers: $44,890 — 8th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $11,831 — the lowest
> Teacher employment: 16,410 (51.1% elementary, 11.1% middle, 37.8% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 80.7% — 6th lowest
> Cost of living: 7.5% lower than nat’l avg. — 22nd lowest

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42. Arkansas
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $50,362
> Avg salary, all workers: $42,690 — 2nd lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $16,751 — 10th lowest
> Teacher employment: 31,400 (41.4% elementary, 20.5% middle, 38.0% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 89.2% — 9th highest
> Cost of living: 14.7% lower than nat’l avg. — the lowest

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41. Alabama
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $51,069
> Avg salary, all workers: $44,930 — 9th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $18,947 — 19th lowest
> Teacher employment: 49,190 (48.1% elementary, 21.0% middle, 31.0% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 90.0% — 5th highest
> Cost of living: 13.6% lower than nat’l avg. — 3rd lowest