Special Report

States Where Teachers Are Paid the Most and Least

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30. New Mexico
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $55,943
> Avg salary, all workers: $47,040 — 15th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $20,388 — 24th highest
> Teacher employment: 17,780 (43.0% elementary, 18.3% middle, 38.7% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 73.9% — the lowest
> Cost of living: 8.9% lower than nat’l avg. — 18th lowest

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29. Florida
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $56,345
> Avg salary, all workers: $47,750 — 18th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $15,103 — 7th lowest
> Teacher employment: 161,410 (47.8% elementary, 20.8% middle, 31.4% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 86.3% — 25th lowest
> Cost of living: 0.6% greater than nat’l avg. — 15th highest

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28. North Dakota
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $56,482
> Avg salary, all workers: $50,430 — 23rd highest
> 2017 school spending per student: $27,239 — 5th highest
> Teacher employment: 8,630 (51.6% elementary, 16.0% middle, 32.4% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 88.1% — 14th highest
> Cost of living: 9.4% lower than nat’l avg. — 16th lowest

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27. Texas
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $56,890
> Avg salary, all workers: $50,490 — 22nd highest
> 2017 school spending per student: $16,565 — 9th lowest
> Teacher employment: 303,410 (43.5% elementary, 21.2% middle, 35.3% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 90.0% — 5th highest
> Cost of living: 3.2% lower than nat’l avg. — 23rd highest

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26. Nevada
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $57,725
> Avg salary, all workers: $47,210 — 16th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $13,565 — 2nd lowest
> Teacher employment: 20,240 (51.8% elementary, 19.8% middle, 28.5% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 83.2% — 17th lowest
> Cost of living: 2.5% lower than nat’l avg. — 20th highest