The Teacher Salary

Average Salaries for Teachers

Teacher Salary Table. Years Experience and salary rangesTeaching has traditionally been seen as a career that is not financially lucrative. When you look at the facts about teacher pay, however, you will see that teachers around the country are making a good living doing something they love. Add in great state benefits and teacher pensions and you have a secure career with a secure retirement that is not dependent on social security.

Hourly Pay vs. Other Professions

It may surprise you that the average teacher's hourly wage is very competitive with many professions, including private sector jobs such as accounting. In many districts teachers are also paid for the extra hours they spend in professional development training. Besides the base hourly rate, there are many other ways teachers are able to supplement their income - tutoring, coaching, summer school, getting a higher degree and more.

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Teacher Salary Table. Years Experience and salary ranges

Location, location, location

Teacher pay will be higher or lower, depending on where you teach. For example, if you are teaching in New York City, your pay will be substantially higher to accommodate the higher cost of living. Some school districts pay higher salaries for the first 5 – 10 years as a way to attract new teachers and retain them. Other districts that are in desperate need of teachers will offer incentives such as help with relocation, help with buying a home, or a signing bonus. We've developed our own TeacherPortal Comfort Score Index which looks at average salaries and cost-of-living by state and ranks states by their affordability based on a teacher's salary. The full list is to the right, take a look and please provide your point-of-view in the comments! Click on one of the states to the right to find out more about teaching careers and salaries in the state you are interested in.

Hourly rates in child-oriented professions

But we won't lie...it is a tough job - and in comparison to other childcare providers, teachers get a lower hourly-rate-per-child.

Teacher Salary Table. Years Experience and salary ranges

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