Special Report

These States Pay Their Teachers The Least

Source: J. Michael Jones / Getty Images

46. North Carolina
> Avg. teacher salary: $54,991 cost of living adj. ($50,777 not adj. — 8th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $55,244 cost of living adj. — 23rd highest ($51,010 not adj. — 21st lowest)
> Annual school spending: $9,377 per pupil (7th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 82.3% (14th lowest)
> Cost of living: 8.3% less than nat’l avg. (19th lowest)

Source: Phil Mislinski / Getty Images News via Getty Images

47. Hawaii
> Avg. teacher salary: $52,876 cost of living adj. ($65,522 not adj. — 16th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $46,959 cost of living adj. — the lowest ($58,190 not adj. — 13th highest)
> Annual school spending: $15,242 per pupil (13th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 81.6% (11th lowest)
> Cost of living: 19.3% greater than nat’l avg. (the highest)

Source: C5Media / iStock Editorial via Getty Images

48. Mississippi
> Avg. teacher salary: $52,342 cost of living adj. ($45,279 not adj. — the lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $48,090 cost of living adj. — 2nd lowest ($41,600 not adj. — the lowest)
> Annual school spending: $8,935 per pupil (5th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 83.2% (17th lowest)
> Cost of living: 15.6% less than nat’l avg. (the lowest)

Source: Rawf8 / iStock Editorial via Getty Images

49. Arizona
> Avg. teacher salary: $51,181 cost of living adj. ($49,355 not adj. — 5th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $55,376 cost of living adj. — 22nd highest ($53,400 not adj. — 20th highest)
> Annual school spending: $8,239 per pupil (3rd lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 78.5% (3rd lowest)
> Cost of living: 3.7% less than nat’l avg. (25th highest)

Source: denverjeffrey / Flickr

50. South Dakota
> Avg. teacher salary: $50,840 cost of living adj. ($45,312 not adj. — 2nd lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $50,445 cost of living adj. — 6th lowest ($44,960 not adj. — 3rd lowest)
> Annual school spending: $10,073 per pupil (13th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 81.0% (9th lowest)
> Cost of living: 12.2% less than nat’l avg. (7th lowest)