Special Report

States With the Most Underpaid Teachers

30. Nebraska
> Teacher wage penalty: -17.7%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $67,598 — 16th highest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $87,477 — 22nd lowest
> HS teachers working in Nebraska, May 2019: 6,890
> Cost of living, 2018: 10.5% less than average — 13th lowest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $12,491 per pupil — 21st highest

29. South Dakota
> Teacher wage penalty: -18.0%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $50,751 — the lowest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $80,554 — 7th lowest
> HS teachers working in South Dakota, May 2019: 3,500
> Cost of living, 2018: 12.1% less than average — 6th lowest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $10,073 per pupil — 13th lowest

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28. Massachusetts
> Teacher wage penalty: -18.0%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $73,902 — 5th highest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $95,307 — 2nd highest
> HS teachers working in Massachusetts, May 2019: 27,120
> Cost of living, 2018: 9.7% more than average — 5th highest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $17,058 per pupil — 6th highest

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27. West Virginia
> Teacher wage penalty: -18.2%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $54,226 — 6th lowest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $80,940 — 8th lowest
> HS teachers working in West Virginia, May 2019: 4,460
> Cost of living, 2018: 12.2% less than average — 5th lowest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $11,334 per pupil — 21st lowest

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26. New Hampshire
> Teacher wage penalty: -18.2%
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of public HS teacher, May 2019: $57,283 — 12th lowest
> Cost-of-living-adjusted annual wage of college-educated worker, May 2019: $86,622 — 19th lowest
> HS teachers working in New Hampshire, May 2019: 5,000
> Cost of living, 2018: 6.0% more than average — 9th highest
> Current spending on public schools, 2018: $16,893 per pupil — 7th highest

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