Teacher earnings by seniority

90th percentile

Top-level teacher earnings begin at:

$34.83 per hour

$87,529 per year

75th percentile

Senior-level teacher earnings begin at:

$27.84 per hour

$73,817 per year

50th percentile

Mid-level teacher earnings begin at:

$23.41 per hour

$60,151 per year

25th percentile

Junior-level teacher earnings begin at:

$23.41 per hour

$48,689 per year

10th percentile

Starting level teacher earnings begin at:

$15.88 per hour

$36,244 per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Teacher salary by state

State Name Average Salary
California $87,312
New York $77,714
Oregon $71,224
Connecticut $71,018
New Jersey $70,726
Rhode Island $70,559
Massachusetts $69,278
Maryland $67,745
Virginia $67,304
District of Columbia $66,911
Washington $65,392
Pennsylvania $64,860
Minnesota $64,318
Alaska $62,380
Georgia $60,978
Delaware $60,357
Vermont $60,151
Ohio $60,078
New Hampshire $58,465
Michigan $58,165
Kentucky $57,902
Colorado $57,841
Hawaii $57,672
Wisconsin $56,880
Utah $56,415
Wyoming $56,301
Illinois $56,078
Texas $55,944
Florida $55,626
South Carolina $55,204
North Dakota $55,186
Maine $55,141
Iowa $55,072
Nevada $55,044
Nebraska $54,849
Alabama $53,966
Tennessee $53,674
New Mexico $53,259
Indiana $53,199
Oklahoma $52,394
Arizona $51,814
North Carolina $51,749
Missouri $50,951
Kansas $50,576
Arkansas $50,044
Idaho $49,416
Montana $49,041
South Dakota $49,006
Louisiana $48,791
Mississippi $48,211
Virgin Islands, U.S. $44,580
West Virginia $44,252
Guam $42,040
Puerto Rico $36,878

How do teacher salaries compare to similar careers?

Teachers earn about the same as related careers in Vermont. On average, they make less than music teachers but more than preschool teachers.

Career Median Salary
Music teacher salary $77K
Professor salary $64K
High school teacher salary $61K
Distance learning coordinator salary $60K
Elementary school teacher salary $61K
Teacher salary $60K
School counselor salary $59K
Kindergarten teacher salary $60K
Childcare program administrator salary $47K
Preschool teacher salary $36K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)