Special Report

States With the Most Underpaid Teachers

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35. California
> Teacher wage penalty: -15.5%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $73,726 — 6th highest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $91,613 — 14th highest
> HS teachers working in California, May 2019: 109,840
> Cost of living, 2018: 15.4% more than average — 3rd highest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $12,498 per pupil — 20th highest

34. Michigan
> Teacher wage penalty: -15.9%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $68,182 — 12th highest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $92,859 — 9th highest
> HS teachers working in Michigan, May 2019: 22,820
> Cost of living, 2018: 7.6% less than average — 21st lowest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $12,345 per pupil — 22nd highest

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33. North Dakota
> Teacher wage penalty: -16.4%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $62,086 — 23rd lowest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $86,347 — 17th lowest
> HS teachers working in North Dakota, May 2019: 2,800
> Cost of living, 2018: 9.4% less than average — 16th lowest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $13,758 per pupil — 16th highest

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32. Nevada
> Teacher wage penalty: -16.6%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $59,579 — 18th lowest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $88,086 — 23rd highest
> HS teachers working in Nevada, May 2019: 5,760
> Cost of living, 2018: 2.5% less than average — 20th highest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $9,417 per pupil — 8th lowest

31. Arkansas
> Teacher wage penalty: -17.7%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $60,809 — 21st lowest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $83,961 — 12th lowest
> HS teachers working in Arkansas, May 2019: 11,940
> Cost of living, 2018: 14.7% less than average — the lowest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $10,139 per pupil — 14th lowest

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