Special Report

These States Pay Their Teachers The Least

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41. Colorado
> Avg. teacher salary: $55,595 cost of living adj. ($56,672 not adj. — 20th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $59,684 cost of living adj. — 5th highest ($60,840 not adj. — 9th highest)
> Annual school spending: $10,202 per pupil (15th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 83.0% (15th lowest)
> Cost of living: 1.9% greater than nat’l avg. (13th highest)

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42. Oklahoma
> Avg. teacher salary: $55,469 cost of living adj. ($49,175 not adj. — 4th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $53,400 cost of living adj. — 18th lowest ($47,340 not adj. — 11th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $8,239 per pupil (4th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 82.1% (13th lowest)
> Cost of living: 12.8% less than nat’l avg. (5th lowest)

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43. Idaho
> Avg. teacher salary: $55,442 cost of living adj. ($51,430 not adj. — 10th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $50,450 cost of living adj. — 7th lowest ($46,800 not adj. — 8th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $7,771 per pupil (2nd lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 84.5% (21st lowest)
> Cost of living: 7.8% less than nat’l avg. (21st lowest)

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44. Montana
> Avg. teacher salary: $55,293 cost of living adj. ($51,919 not adj. — 11th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $50,343 cost of living adj. — 5th lowest ($47,270 not adj. — 10th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $11,680 per pupil (24th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 89.2% (9th highest)
> Cost of living: 6.5% less than nat’l avg. (25th lowest)

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45. West Virginia
> Avg. teacher salary: $55,002 cost of living adj. ($48,718 not adj. — 3rd lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $51,234 cost of living adj. — 8th lowest ($45,380 not adj. — 4th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $11,334 per pupil (21st lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 86.7% (21st highest)
> Cost of living: 12.9% less than nat’l avg. (4th lowest)