Special Report

These States Pay Their Teachers The Least

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31. Tennessee
> Avg. teacher salary: $59,467 cost of living adj. ($53,914 not adj. — 14th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $52,426 cost of living adj. — 15th lowest ($47,530 not adj. — 12th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $9,544 per pupil (9th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 84.1% (20th lowest)
> Cost of living: 10.3% less than nat’l avg. (16th lowest)

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32. Nevada
> Avg. teacher salary: $59,336 cost of living adj. ($57,832 not adj. — 24th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $51,669 cost of living adj. — 11th lowest ($50,360 not adj. — 20th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $9,417 per pupil (8th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 88.7% (12th highest)
> Cost of living: 2.6% less than nat’l avg. (20th highest)

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33. Texas
> Avg. teacher salary: $59,242 cost of living adj. ($57,238 not adj. — 22nd lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $54,234 cost of living adj. — 24th lowest ($52,400 not adj. — 23rd highest)
> Annual school spending: $9,606 per pupil (11th 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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34. Arkansas
> Avg. teacher salary: $58,801 cost of living adj. ($50,998 not adj. — 9th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $51,631 cost of living adj. — 10th lowest ($44,780 not adj. — 2nd lowest)
> Annual school spending: $10,139 per pupil (14th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 78.7% (5th lowest)
> Cost of living: 15.3% less than nat’l avg. (2nd lowest)

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35. Florida
> Avg. teacher salary: $58,675 cost of living adj. ($59,267 not adj. — 25th highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $49,520 cost of living adj. — 3rd lowest ($50,020 not adj. — 17th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $9,346 per pupil (6th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 68.5% (the lowest)
> Cost of living: 1.0% greater than nat’l avg. (16th highest)