Special Report

States Where Teachers Are Paid the Most and Least

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40. Missouri
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $51,122
> Avg salary, all workers: $47,820 — 19th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $16,837 — 11th lowest
> Teacher employment: 64,570 (35.4% elementary, 17.2% middle, 47.5% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 89.2% — 9th highest
> Cost of living: 11.2% lower than nat’l avg. — 9th lowest

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39. Kansas
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $51,674
> Avg salary, all workers: $46,520 — 13th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $19,962 — 24th lowest
> Teacher employment: 35,280 (46.3% elementary, 18.8% middle, 34.9% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 87.2% — 18th highest
> Cost of living: 10.0% lower than nat’l avg. — 15th lowest

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38. Indiana
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $52,758
> Avg salary, all workers: $46,770 — 14th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $16,910 — 12th lowest
> Teacher employment: 58,030 (44.0% elementary, 19.5% middle, 36.5% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 88.1% — 14th highest
> Cost of living: 10.7% lower than nat’l avg. — 12th lowest

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37. Montana
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $53,501
> Avg salary, all workers: $45,370 — 10th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $20,062 — 25th lowest
> Teacher employment: 10,660 (46.2% elementary, 19.4% middle, 34.4% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 86.4% — 25th highest
> Cost of living: 6.7% lower than nat’l avg. — 25th lowest

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36. Kentucky
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $53,655
> Avg salary, all workers: $44,020 — 5th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $18,908 — 18th lowest
> Teacher employment: 39,710 (48.5% elementary, 20.5% middle, 30.9% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 90.3% — 3rd highest
> Cost of living: 12.2% lower than nat’l avg. — 5th lowest