Special Report

These States Pay Their Teachers The Least

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1. Connecticut
> Avg. teacher salary: $75,493 cost of living adj. ($79,466 not adj. — 4th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $62,178 cost of living adj. — 2nd highest ($65,450 not adj. — 5th highest)
> Annual school spending: $20,635 per pupil (2nd highest)
> High school graduation rate: 80.8% (8th lowest)
> Cost of living: 5.0% greater than nat’l avg. (10th highest)

Source: Courtesy of Springfield Public Schools - Massachusetts

2. Massachusetts
> Avg. teacher salary: $75,357 cost of living adj. ($84,104 not adj. — 3rd highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $62,729 cost of living adj. — the highest ($70,010 not adj. — the highest)
> Annual school spending: $17,058 per pupil (6th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 87.1% (19th highest)
> Cost of living: 10.4% greater than nat’l avg. (5th highest)

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3. Rhode Island
> Avg. teacher salary: $73,410 cost of living adj. ($74,377 not adj. — 9th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $59,457 cost of living adj. — 7th highest ($60,240 not adj. — 10th highest)
> Annual school spending: $16,121 per pupil (10th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 85.9% (24th lowest)
> Cost of living: 1.3% greater than nat’l avg. (14th highest)

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4. Ohio
> Avg. teacher salary: $72,742 cost of living adj. ($65,181 not adj. — 17th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $57,485 cost of living adj. — 13th highest ($51,510 not adj. — 25th highest)
> Annual school spending: $13,027 per pupil (17th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 88.1% (14th highest)
> Cost of living: 11.6% less than nat’l avg. (9th lowest)

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5. New York
> Avg. teacher salary: $72,722 cost of living adj. ($86,884 not adj. — the highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $56,790 cost of living adj. — 15th highest ($67,850 not adj. — 2nd highest)
> Annual school spending: $24,040 per pupil (the highest)
> High school graduation rate: 73.9% (2nd lowest)
> Cost of living: 16.3% greater than nat’l avg. (3rd highest)