Special Report

States Where Teachers Are Paid the Most and Least

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20. Utah
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $61,482
> Avg salary, all workers: $49,420 — 24th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $14,887 — 5th lowest
> Teacher employment: 28,570 (45.9% elementary, 22.9% middle, 31.2% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 87.0% — 20th highest
> Cost of living: 3.4% lower than nat’l avg. — 24th highest

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19. Hawaii
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $63,111
> Avg salary, all workers: $54,930 — 14th highest
> 2017 school spending per student: $18,854 — 17th lowest
> Teacher employment: 12,190 (47.4% elementary, 17.1% middle, 35.4% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 84.5% — 21st lowest
> Cost of living: 18.1% greater than nat’l avg. — the highest

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18. Ohio
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $64,070
> Avg salary, all workers: $49,430 — 25th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $20,982 — 21st highest
> Teacher employment: 135,610 (42.2% elementary, 22.8% middle, 35.0% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 82.1% — 13th lowest
> Cost of living: 11.6% lower than nat’l avg. — 8th lowest

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17. Minnesota
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $64,195
> Avg salary, all workers: $55,890 — 12th highest
> 2017 school spending per student: $22,281 — 16th highest
> Teacher employment: 52,280 (42.9% elementary, 18.6% middle, 38.5% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 83.2% — 17th lowest
> Cost of living: 2.5% lower than nat’l avg. — 20th highest

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16. Vermont
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $64,370
> Avg salary, all workers: $51,120 — 19th highest
> 2017 school spending per student: $33,637 — the highest
> Teacher employment: 7,570 (49.8% elementary, 13.6% middle, 36.6% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 85.1% — 22nd lowest
> Cost of living: 3.0% greater than nat’l avg. — 11th highest