Special Report

States Where Teachers Are Paid the Most and Least

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15. Delaware
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $65,219
> Avg salary, all workers: $54,370 — 15th highest
> 2017 school spending per student: $29,287 — 4th highest
> Teacher employment: 9,330 (40.7% elementary, 23.6% middle, 35.7% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 86.9% — 21st highest
> Cost of living: 1.2% lower than nat’l avg. — 18th highest

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14. Michigan
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $66,403
> Avg salary, all workers: $50,780 — 21st highest
> 2017 school spending per student: $20,879 — 22nd highest
> Teacher employment: 73,860 (50.3% elementary, 18.8% middle, 30.9% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 80.6% — 5th lowest
> Cost of living: 7.6% lower than nat’l avg. — 21st lowest

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13. Illinois
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $67,128
> Avg salary, all workers: $55,130 — 13th highest
> 2017 school spending per student: $18,975 — 20th lowest
> Teacher employment: 130,780 (49.1% elementary, 16.6% middle, 34.3% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 86.5% — 24th highest
> Cost of living: 1.9% lower than nat’l avg. — 19th highest

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12. Pennsylvania
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $68,605
> Avg salary, all workers: $51,340 — 18th highest
> 2017 school spending per student: $25,427 — 8th highest
> Teacher employment: 129,690 (44.0% elementary, 20.4% middle, 35.6% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 85.9% — 23rd lowest
> Cost of living: 2.5% lower than nat’l avg. — 20th highest

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11. Virginia
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $69,992
> Avg salary, all workers: $56,740 — 11th highest
> 2017 school spending per student: $20,875 — 23rd highest
> Teacher employment: 82,620 (46.8% elementary, 22.1% middle, 31.0% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 87.5% — 17th highest
> Cost of living: 2.0% greater than nat’l avg. — 12th highest