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These States Pay Their Teachers The Least

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6. Virginia
> Avg. teacher salary: $72,076 cost of living adj. ($73,026 not adj. — 10th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $59,378 cost of living adj. — 8th highest ($60,160 not adj. — 11th highest)
> Annual school spending: $12,216 per pupil (24th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 85.1% (22nd lowest)
> Cost of living: 1.3% greater than nat’l avg. (14th highest)

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7. Alaska
> Avg. teacher salary: $72,019 cost of living adj. ($75,889 not adj. — 6th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $58,610 cost of living adj. — 10th highest ($61,760 not adj. — 8th highest)
> Annual school spending: $17,726 per pupil (5th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 90.0% (5th highest)
> Cost of living: 5.1% greater than nat’l avg. (9th highest)

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8. Maryland
> Avg. teacher salary: $71,838 cost of living adj. ($77,831 not adj. — 5th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $58,712 cost of living adj. — 9th highest ($63,610 not adj. — 7th highest)
> Annual school spending: $14,762 per pupil (14th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 86.7% (21st highest)
> Cost of living: 7.7% greater than nat’l avg. (7th highest)

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9. Pennsylvania
> Avg. teacher salary: $71,590 cost of living adj. ($69,505 not adj. — 12th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $55,569 cost of living adj. — 18th highest ($53,950 not adj. — 18th highest)
> Annual school spending: $16,395 per pupil (8th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 78.7% (5th lowest)
> Cost of living: 3.0% less than nat’l avg. (22nd highest)

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10. California
> Avg. teacher salary: $71,347 cost of living adj. ($85,343 not adj. — 2nd highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $54,959 cost of living adj. — 24th highest ($65,740 not adj. — 4th highest)
> Annual school spending: $12,498 per pupil (20th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 89.2% (9th highest)
> Cost of living: 16.4% greater than nat’l avg. (2nd highest)

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