Special Report

These States Pay Their Teachers The Least

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16. Delaware
> Avg. teacher salary: $66,879 cost of living adj. ($66,480 not adj. — 14th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $57,040 cost of living adj. — 14th highest ($56,700 not adj. — 17th highest)
> Annual school spending: $15,639 per pupil (12th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 88.4% (13th highest)
> Cost of living: 0.6% less than nat’l avg. (17th highest)

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17. Utah
> Avg. teacher salary: $65,702 cost of living adj. ($63,481 not adj. — 20th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $53,230 cost of living adj. — 17th lowest ($51,430 not adj. — 25th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $7,628 per pupil (the lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 90.0% (5th highest)
> Cost of living: 3.5% less than nat’l avg. (23rd highest)

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18. Georgia
> Avg. teacher salary: $65,586 cost of living adj. ($61,410 not adj. — 22nd highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $55,472 cost of living adj. — 20th highest ($51,940 not adj. — 24th highest)
> Annual school spending: $10,810 per pupil (17th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 86.3% (25th highest)
> Cost of living: 6.8% less than nat’l avg. (24th lowest)

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19. Wyoming
> Avg. teacher salary: $65,016 cost of living adj. ($60,650 not adj. — 24th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $54,865 cost of living adj. — 25th highest ($51,180 not adj. — 22nd lowest)
> Annual school spending: $16,224 per pupil (9th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 89.7% (8th highest)
> Cost of living: 7.2% less than nat’l avg. (23rd lowest)

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20. Minnesota
> Avg. teacher salary: $64,767 cost of living adj. ($63,497 not adj. — 19th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $59,894 cost of living adj. — 4th highest ($58,720 not adj. — 12th highest)
> Annual school spending: $12,975 per pupil (19th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 80.6% (6th lowest)
> Cost of living: 2.0% less than nat’l avg. (19th highest)