Special Report

States Where Teachers Are Paid the Most and Least

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25. Wisconsin
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $58,559
> Avg salary, all workers: $48,850 — 23rd lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $21,204 — 19th highest
> Teacher employment: 59,920 (47.1% elementary, 23.0% middle, 29.8% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 89.7% — 8th highest
> Cost of living: 8.1% lower than nat’l avg. — 20th lowest

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24. Georgia
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $58,784
> Avg salary, all workers: $49,620 — 25th highest
> 2017 school spending per student: $15,867 — 8th lowest
> Teacher employment: 105,190 (47.8% elementary, 27.0% middle, 25.2% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 81.6% — 10th lowest
> Cost of living: 7.0% lower than nat’l avg. — 24th lowest

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23. Wyoming
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $60,211
> Avg salary, all workers: $49,760 — 24th highest
> 2017 school spending per student: $32,526 — 2nd highest
> Teacher employment: 5,330 (47.8% elementary, 20.5% middle, 31.7% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 81.7% — 11th lowest
> Cost of living: 7.3% lower than nat’l avg. — 23rd lowest

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22. New Hampshire
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $60,288
> Avg salary, all workers: $53,950 — 16th highest
> 2017 school spending per student: $23,330 — 13th highest
> Teacher employment: 14,170 (42.8% elementary, 21.9% middle, 35.3% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 88.8% — 11th highest
> Cost of living: 6.0% greater than nat’l avg. — 9th highest

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21. Nebraska
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $60,783
> Avg salary, all workers: $48,250 — 20th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $22,624 — 15th highest
> Teacher employment: 21,010 (46.7% elementary, 20.5% middle, 32.8% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 88.7% — 12th highest
> Cost of living: 10.5% lower than nat’l avg. — 13th lowest