Special Report

These States Pay Their Teachers The Least

Source: Courtesy of Dillon School District Four

36. South Carolina
> Avg. teacher salary: $58,024 cost of living adj. ($53,479 not adj. — 13th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $50,160 cost of living adj. — 4th lowest ($46,230 not adj. — 6th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $10,856 per pupil (19th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 84.0% (19th lowest)
> Cost of living: 8.5% less than nat’l avg. (18th lowest)

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37. New Hampshire
> Avg. teacher salary: $57,311 cost of living adj. ($61,296 not adj. — 23rd highest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $53,043 cost of living adj. — 16th lowest ($56,730 not adj. — 16th highest)
> Annual school spending: $16,893 per pupil (7th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 83.2% (17th lowest)
> Cost of living: 6.5% greater than nat’l avg. (8th highest)

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38. Louisiana
> Avg. teacher salary: $56,780 cost of living adj. ($50,651 not adj. — 6th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $52,082 cost of living adj. — 14th lowest ($46,460 not adj. — 7th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $11,452 per pupil (22nd lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 90.3% (3rd highest)
> Cost of living: 12.1% less than nat’l avg. (8th lowest)

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39. Missouri
> Avg. teacher salary: $56,494 cost of living adj. ($50,758 not adj. — 7th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $55,806 cost of living adj. — 16th highest ($50,140 not adj. — 18th lowest)
> Annual school spending: $10,810 per pupil (18th lowest)
> High school graduation rate: 84.0% (19th lowest)
> Cost of living: 11.3% less than nat’l avg. (11th lowest)

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40. Maine
> Avg. teacher salary: $56,325 cost of living adj. ($55,934 not adj. — 18th lowest)
> Avg. salary; all workers: $51,579 cost of living adj. — 9th lowest ($51,220 not adj. — 23rd lowest)
> Annual school spending: $14,145 per pupil (15th highest)
> High school graduation rate: 81.4% (10th lowest)
> Cost of living: 0.7% less than nat’l avg. (18th highest)