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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.

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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MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
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Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Ranked 21st among the Best Education Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Established in 1918 with the mission, “to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally, and globally.”
  • The first major research university to offer an online M.A.  in teaching program.
  • Offers certificate through doctoral programs in teaching, counseling, and more.
  • All programs taught with the guiding principles of leadership, learning, accountability, and diversity.
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Masters of Science in Education – Educational Administration

• Students may choose from over 60 majors and minors in business, sciences, human services, and more, as well as 6 fully online bachelor's programs.
• Small classes sizes and a 16:1 student-teacher ratio allow faculty members to give more personalized attention.
• Ranked #36 among the 2017 Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
• Designated as a Military Friendly® Schools: Gold award recipient in 2017 by Victory Media.
 

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Doctor of Education in Organizatonal Leadership - Higher Education Track

•        Ranked among the top 20 Regional Universities in the West in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.

•        Listed as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes Magazine in 2014.

•        More than 97% of tenure-track faculty holds a terminal degree in their field.

•        Student to faculty ratio of 15:1, and 47.5% of classes have fewer than 20 students.

•        Accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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  • Students can choose from more than 150 degree programs in a variety of subject areas, including business, education, engineering, nursing, and more.
  • The average class size is 29 students, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1.
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  • Founded in 1909, the university offers campus-based and online programs backed by over 100 years of education experience.
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