Special Report

These States Pay Their Teachers The Least

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11. Illinois
> Avg. teacher salary: $71,242 cost of living adj. ($69,436 not adj. — 13th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $59,580 cost of living adj. — 6th highest ($58,070 not adj. — 14th highest)
> Annual school spending: $15,741 per pupil (11th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 80.7% (7th lowest)
> Cost of living: 2.6% less than nat’l avg. (20th highest)

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12. Michigan
> Avg. teacher salary: $70,941 cost of living adj. ($65,869 not adj. — 15th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $57,501 cost of living adj. — 12th highest ($53,390 not adj. — 21st highest)
> Annual school spending: $12,345 per pupil (22nd highest)
> High school graduation rate: 87.8% (16th highest)
> Cost of living: 7.7% less than nat’l avg. (22nd lowest)

Source: Courtesy of Riverdale School District via Facebook

13. Oregon
> Avg. teacher salary: $69,748 cost of living adj. ($71,317 not adj. — 11th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $55,629 cost of living adj. — 17th highest ($56,880 not adj. — 15th highest)
> Annual school spending: $11,920 per pupil (25th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 81.8% (12th lowest)
> Cost of living: 2.2% greater than nat’l avg. (12th highest)

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14. Washington
> Avg. teacher salary: $69,180 cost of living adj. ($75,524 not adj. — 8th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $61,253 cost of living adj. — 3rd highest ($66,870 not adj. — 3rd highest)
> Annual school spending: $12,995 per pupil (18th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 87.5% (17th highest)
> Cost of living: 8.4% greater than nat’l avg. (6th highest)

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15. Nebraska
> Avg. teacher salary: $68,816 cost of living adj. ($62,277 not adj. — 21st highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $55,537 cost of living adj. — 19th highest ($50,260 not adj. — 19th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $12,491 per pupil (21st highest)
> High school graduation rate: 86.4% (24th highest)
> Cost of living: 10.5% less than nat’l avg. (15th lowest)