Average Teacher Salary Rank: 5th
Starting Teacher Salary Rank: 1st
Salary raise last year: 2.0 %
Salary raise over 10 years: 28.0 %
New Jersey has the 5th highest average salaries for teachers - and 1st for starting teachers as well.
As a starting teacher, you might be ok with a standard education degree and teaching certificates for K-12, but you'll definitely want to get your masters degree to augment your salary as your career progresses.
Different regions vary greatly, but no matter where you are Florida school districts do reward you for having that higher education. Get that degree.