Special Report

States With the Most Underpaid Teachers

40. South Carolina
> Teacher wage penalty: -13.4%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $62,272 — 24th lowest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $86,424 — 18th lowest
> HS teachers working in South Carolina, May 2019: 14,050
> Cost of living, 2018: 8.9% less than average — 18th lowest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $10,856 per pupil — 19th lowest

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39. Connecticut
> Teacher wage penalty: -13.5%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $74,025 — 4th highest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $96,886 — the highest
> HS teachers working in Connecticut, May 2019: 15,820
> Cost of living, 2018: 6.1% more than average — 8th highest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $20,635 per pupil — 2nd highest

38. Iowa
> Teacher wage penalty: -14.7%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $63,419 — 23rd highest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $87,130 — 21st lowest
> HS teachers working in Iowa, May 2019: 11,950
> Cost of living, 2018: 10.8% less than average — 11th lowest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $11,732 per pupil — 25th lowest

37. Mississippi
> Teacher wage penalty: -15.2%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $54,163 — 5th lowest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $79,566 — 5th lowest
> HS teachers working in Mississippi, May 2019: 8,850
> Cost of living, 2018: 14.0% less than average — 2nd lowest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $8,935 per pupil — 5th lowest

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36. Ohio
> Teacher wage penalty: -15.2%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $72,862 — 7th highest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $95,150 — 3rd highest
> HS teachers working in Ohio, May 2019: 47,510
> Cost of living, 2018: 11.6% less than average — 8th lowest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $13,027 per pupil — 17th highest

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