Special Report

These States Pay Their Teachers The Least

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21. Wisconsin
> Avg. teacher salary: $63,873 cost of living adj. ($59,087 not adj. — 25th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $55,401 cost of living adj. — 21st highest ($51,250 not adj. — 24th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $12,285 per pupil (23rd highest)
> High school graduation rate: 90.2% (4th highest)
> Cost of living: 8.1% less than nat’l avg. (20th lowest)

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22. New Jersey
> Avg. teacher salary: $63,467 cost of living adj. ($75,556 not adj. — 7th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $53,500 cost of living adj. — 20th lowest ($63,690 not adj. — 6th highest)
> Annual school spending: $20,021 per pupil (3rd highest)
> High school graduation rate: 88.8% (11th highest)
> Cost of living: 16.0% greater than nat’l avg. (4th highest)

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23. North Dakota
> Avg. teacher salary: $63,041 cost of living adj. ($56,947 not adj. — 21st lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $58,062 cost of living adj. — 11th highest ($52,450 not adj. — 22nd highest)
> Annual school spending: $13,758 per pupil (16th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 86.3% (25th highest)
> Cost of living: 10.7% less than nat’l avg. (14th lowest)

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24. New Mexico
> Avg. teacher salary: $62,941 cost of living adj. ($57,797 not adj. — 23rd lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $54,069 cost of living adj. — 22nd lowest ($49,650 not adj. — 16th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $9,582 per pupil (10th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 90.9% (2nd highest)
> Cost of living: 8.9% less than nat’l avg. (17th lowest)

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25. Iowa
> Avg. teacher salary: $62,487 cost of living adj. ($56,295 not adj. — 19th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $54,701 cost of living adj. — 25th lowest ($49,280 not adj. — 15th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $11,732 per pupil (25th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 88.1% (14th highest)
> Cost of living: 11.0% less than nat’l avg. (12th lowest)