Average Teacher Salary Rank: 4th
Starting Teacher Salary Rank: 8th
Salary raise last year: 1.0 %
Salary raise over 10 years: 25.0 %
California is the 4th top state for average salaries for teachers but don't be fooled. In fact, California is the single most important place we stress getting that higher degree for that very reason.There are many other benefits to living in California of course - and many people can - and do - live comfortably off of a standard teacher's salary. With recent budget issues, the education budget has come into question - luckily strong unions and interest in education at a national and state level looks to keep this a secure place to be in any environment.