Special Report

These States Pay Their Teachers The Least

Source: Courtesy of Springfield School District

26. Vermont
> Avg. teacher salary: $62,110 cost of living adj. ($64,097 not adj. — 18th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $51,764 cost of living adj. — 12th lowest ($53,420 not adj. — 19th highest)
> Annual school spending: $19,340 per pupil (4th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 87.0% (20th highest)
> Cost of living: 3.1% greater than nat’l avg. (11th highest)

Source: Courtesy of Valley View Schools

27. Kansas
> Avg. teacher salary: $61,365 cost of living adj. ($55,384 not adj. — 17th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $53,860 cost of living adj. — 21st lowest ($48,610 not adj. — 13th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $11,653 per pupil (23rd lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 91.4% (the highest)
> Cost of living: 10.8% less than nat’l avg. (13th lowest)

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28. Kentucky
> Avg. teacher salary: $60,818 cost of living adj. ($54,013 not adj. — 15th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $51,796 cost of living adj. — 13th lowest ($46,000 not adj. — 5th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $11,110 per pupil (20th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 87.2% (18th highest)
> Cost of living: 12.6% less than nat’l avg. (6th lowest)

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29. Indiana
> Avg. teacher salary: $60,184 cost of living adj. ($54,074 not adj. — 16th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $54,147 cost of living adj. — 23rd lowest ($48,650 not adj. — 14th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $10,262 per pupil (16th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 86.5% (23rd highest)
> Cost of living: 11.3% less than nat’l avg. (11th lowest)

Source: Courtesy of Mountain Brook Schools

30. Alabama
> Avg. teacher salary: $59,579 cost of living adj. ($52,170 not adj. — 12th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $53,491 cost of living adj. — 19th lowest ($46,840 not adj. — 9th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $9,696 per pupil (12th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 85.3% (23rd lowest)
> Cost of living: 14.2% less than nat’l avg. (3rd lowest)