Public school teacher salaries in the United States

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The table below details teacher salaries from 1999-2000 through 2012-2013. Teacher salaries in Wyoming saw the highest increase over that time period, with a 24.2 percent increase in salary. Teacher salaries in North Carolina decreased 14.7 percent during that time period.

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Estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools, by state: Selected years, 1969-70 through 2012-13 {**in constant dollars)
State 1999-2000 2009-10 2011-12 2012-13 Percent change 1999-2000 to 2012-13
Alabama $50,139.00 $50,779.00 $48,802.00 $47,949.00 -4.40%
Alaska $63,495.00 $63,696.00 $63,464.00 $65,468.00 3.10%
Arizona $50,430.00 $50,119.00 $49,501.00 $49,885.00 -1.10%
Arkansas $45,625.00 $49,850.00 $47,085.00 $46,632.00 2.20%
California $65,159.00 $72,803.00 $69,672.00 $69,324.00 6.40%
Colorado $52,153.00 $52,520.00 $49,865.00 $49,844.00 -4.40%
Connecticut $70,762.00 $68,690.00 $70,621.00 $69,766.00 -1.40%
Delaware $60,724.00 $60,930.00 $59,779.00 $59,679.00 -1.70%
District of Columbia $64,334.00 $68,901.00 $69,864.00 $70,906.00 10.20%
Florida $50,184.00 $49,858.00 $47,253.00 $46,944.00 -6.50%
Georgia $56,062.00 $56,694.00 $53,819.00 $52,880.00 -5.70%
Hawaii $55,453.00 $58,777.00 $54,970.00 $54,300.00 -2.10%
Idaho $48,578.00 $49,404.00 $49,359.00 $49,734.00 2.40%
Illinois -$10.00 $66,264.00 $58,595.00 $59,113.00 -6.90%
Indiana $57,192.00 $53,357.00 $51,357.00 $51,456.00 0.00%
Iowa $48,757.00 $52,973.00 $51,076.00 $51,528.00 5.70%
Kansas $47,805.00 $49,804.00 $47,496.00 $47,464.00 -0.70%
Kentucky $49,717.00 $52,884.00 $50,558.00 $50,326.00 1.20%
Louisiana $45,246.00 $52,201.00 $51,014.00 $51,381.00 13.60%
Maine $48,597.00 $49,216.00 $48,126.00 $48,119.00 -1.00%
Maryland $60,196.00 $68,285.00 $64,693.00 $65,265.00 8.40%
Massachusetts $63,656.00 $73,945.00 $72,915.00 $73,129.00 14.90%
Michigan $67,023.00 $61,867.00 $62,585.00 $61,560.00 -8.20%
Minnesota $54,393.00 $55,967.00 $55,874.00 $56,268.00 3.40%
Mississippi $43,535.00 $48,722.00 $42,339.00 $41,994.00 -3.50%
Missouri $48,727.00 $48,373.00 $47,178.00 $47,517.00
Montana $43,896.00 $48,845.00 $49,354.00 $49,999.00 13.90%
Nebraska $45,421.00 $49,345.00 $48,955.00 $48,931.00 7.70%
Nevada $53,830.00 $54,999.00 $55,467.00 $55,957.00 4.00%
New Hampshire $51,567.00 $54,912.00 $55,079.00 $55,599.00 7.80%
New Jersey $71,083.00 $69,523.00 $68,194.00 $68,797.00 -3.20%
New Mexico $44,488.00 $49,378.00 $46,381.00 $46,573.00 4.70%
New York $69,723.00 $76,464.00 $74,620.00 $75,279.00 8.00%
North Carolina $53,849.00 $50,010.00 $46,712.00 $45,947.00 -14.70%
North Dakota $40,810.00 $45,862.00 $46,825.00 $47,344.00 16.00%
Ohio $56,626.00 $59,732.00 $57,659.00 $58,092.00 2.60%
Oklahoma $42,772.00 $50,907.00 $45,130.00 $44,128.00 3.20%
Oregon $57,856.00 $58,948.00 $58,302.00 $58,758.00 1.60%
Pennsylvania $66,035.00 $63,146.00 $62,965.00 $63,521.00 -3.80%
Rhode Island $64,286.00 $63,711.00 $63,221.00 $63,474.00 -1.30%
South Carolina $49,308.00 $50,712.00 $48,217.00 $47,924.00 -2.80%
South Dakota $39,728.00 $41,456.00 $394.50 $39,580.00 0.00%
Tennessee $49,645.00 $49,412.00 $47,866.00 $48,289.00 -2.70%
Texas $51,339.00 $51,516.00 $49,178.00 $48,110.00 -6.30%
Utah $47,757.00 $48,980.00 $48,961.00 $49,393.00 3.40%
Vermont $51,600.00 $52,394.00 $52,160.00 $52,526.00 1.80%
Virginia $52,947.00 $53,388.00 $49,514.00 $49,869.00 -5.80%
Washington $56,089.00 $56,578.00 $53,101.00 $53,571.00 -4.50%
West Virginia $47,843.00 $49,059.00 $46,074.00 $46,405.00 -3.00%
Wisconsin $56,239.00 $54,721.00 $54,687.00 $55,171.00 -1.90%
Wyoming $46,638.00 $59,628.00 $58,174.00 $57,920.00 24.20%
United States $57,133.00 $58,925.00 $56,340.00 $56,383.00 -1.30%
**"Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, adjusted to a school-year basis. The CPI does not account for differences in inflation rates from state to state."

Note: Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Standard errors are not available for these estimates, which are based on state reports. Source: National Education Association, Estimates of School Statistics, 1969-70 through 2012-13. (This table was prepared April 2013.)
Source: NCES, "Table 211.60. Estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools, by state: Selected years, 1969-70 through 2012-13"


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