Special Report

States With the Most Underpaid Teachers

50. Wyoming
> Teacher wage penalty: -2.0%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $66,235 — 19th highest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $83,597 — 11th lowest
> HS teachers working in Wyoming, May 2019: 1,690
> Cost of living, 2018: 7.3% less than average — 23rd lowest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $16,224 per pupil — 9th highest

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49. Rhode Island
> Teacher wage penalty: -2.1%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $76,485 — the highest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $94,621 — 4th highest
> HS teachers working in Rhode Island, May 2019: 4,840
> Cost of living, 2018: 0.7% less than average — 17th highest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $16,121 per pupil — 10th highest

48. New Jersey
> Teacher wage penalty: -3.1%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $67,786 — 13th highest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $88,799 — 20th highest
> HS teachers working in New Jersey, May 2019: 30,230
> Cost of living, 2018: 15.2% more than average — 4th highest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $20,021 per pupil — 3rd highest

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47. Alaska
> Teacher wage penalty: -9.7%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $72,347 — 8th highest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $87,818 — 25th lowest
> HS teachers working in Alaska, May 2019: 2,790
> Cost of living, 2018: 4.8% more than average — 10th highest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $17,726 per pupil — 5th highest

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46. Delaware
> Teacher wage penalty: -9.8%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $67,733 — 14th highest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $89,827 — 19th highest
> HS teachers working in Delaware, May 2019: 3,330
> Cost of living, 2018: 1.2% less than average — 18th highest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $15,639 per pupil — 12th highest

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