Highest-Paid Teachers By State

Highest-paid teachers by state, including annual salaries, by the NEA.

Highest-paid teachers by state and salaries for 2008 and 2009. A list of highest paid teachers and the state that has the best salaries for educators. The average teacher’s salaries may surprise you, but the states that pay the highest won’t.

Public school teachers in California earned the most last year and those in South Dakota the least. According to the National Education Association (NEA), increases in education revenues and teacher salaries lagged behind rates set last year, while school enrollments increased. This group represents more than 2.7 million elementary and secondary teachers and other education professionals.

In addition, the NEA added revenues for education that are expected to increase by 4.3 percent this year. Teacher salaries have grown slower than the economy, with an expected increase of 2.7 percent for the school year. At the same time, enrollment in public schools rose by nearly 500,000, with the largest increases in Nevada, Arizona, and Florida.

“These new numbers show that despite the vital importance of education for our future, schools around the country are just barely holding their own,” NEA president Reg Weaver said in a statement. The highest average salary for public school teachers in California for the 2008-2009 school year was $59,825. They were the highest-paid state on average.

However, their stated salary is only $35,760. This is lower than the starting salary of seven other states. The lowest average salary for public school teachers in South Dakota for the 2008-2009 school year was $34,709. They were the lowest-paid state on average. Their starting salary was $26,111.