Special Report

States With the Most Underpaid Teachers

45. Hawaii
> Teacher wage penalty: -10.9%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $52,989 — 3rd lowest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $72,776 — 2nd lowest
> HS teachers working in Hawaii, May 2019: 4,320
> Cost of living, 2018: 18.1% more than average — the highest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $15,242 per pupil — 13th highest

44. Maryland
> Teacher wage penalty: -11.4%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $71,079 — 9th highest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $90,491 — 17th highest
> HS teachers working in Maryland, May 2019: 17,150
> Cost of living, 2018: 8.4% more than average — 6th highest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $14,762 per pupil — 14th highest

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43. New York
> Teacher wage penalty: -12.0%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $74,948 — 3rd highest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $93,663 — 7th highest
> HS teachers working in New York, May 2019: 75,360
> Cost of living, 2018: 16.4% more than average — 2nd highest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $24,040 per pupil — the highest

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42. Vermont
> Teacher wage penalty: -12.7%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $64,718 — 20th highest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $72,163 — the lowest
> HS teachers working in Vermont, May 2019: 2,770
> Cost of living, 2018: 3.0% more than average — 11th highest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $19,340 per pupil — 4th highest

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41. Pennsylvania
> Teacher wage penalty: -13.0%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $68,636 — 11th highest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $90,844 — 16th highest
> HS teachers working in Pennsylvania, May 2019: 46,130
> Cost of living, 2018: 2.5% less than average — 20th highest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $16,395 per pupil — 8th highest

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