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Bachelors vs. Masters: Compare Salaries in 50 States

Bachelors vs. Masters: Compare Salaries in 50 States

US Department of Education: Institute of Educational Sciences (nces.ed.gov)

Becoming a teacher isn’t about making a lot of money, but it is important to know what salary to expect to budget your life accordingly. The following salaries represent the starting salaries for teachers for all 50 states that hold either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. For comparison, the state salary average is included as well and represents beginning and experienced educators. Why wait? Search for your next teaching job now.

Starting Salaries For New Teachers

State Average Starting Bachelors Starting Masters
Alabama $36,240 $29,640 $34,140
Alaska $59,940 $37,290 $43,450
Arizona $37,340 $29,510 $34,210
Arkansas $36,095 $26,210 $33,580
California $55,185 $38,920 $44,980
Colorado $42,050 $30,570 $38,020
Connecticut $52,860 $37,800 $43,290
Delaware $47,940 n/a n/a
Dist. Columbia $51,900 n/a $43,680
Florida $39,290 $31,140 $33, 570
Georgia $42,350 $32,220 $40,490
Hawaii $41,080 $32,620 $37,550
Idaho $40,145 $25,060 n/a
Illinois $46,420 $33,280 $42,590
Indiana $42,180 $29,270 n/a
Iowa $37,740 $26,140 n/a
Kansas $36,345 $28,500 n/a
Kentucky $36,090 $28,400 $35,310
Louisiana $35,295 $28,380 n/a
Maine $39,555 $27,300 $29,830
Maryland $48,075 $33,100 $41,540
Massachusetts $48,715 $34,000 $42,360
Michigan $52,455 $34,340 $47,760
Minnesota $38,745 $30,561 $38,670
Mississippi $35,175 $27,110 $30,810
Missouri $36,110 $27,220 $30,810
Montana $35,760 $23,190 n/a
Nebraska $35,140 $26,790 $29,930
Nevada $40,870 $27,220 $36,130
N. Hampshire $41,970 $28,880 $35,580
New Jersey $54,990 $37,000 $43,410
New Mexico $37,205 $28,830 $33,060
New York $49,640 $36,000 $45,710
North Carolina $38,185 $26,930 $33,670
North Dakota $35,290 $23,810 n/a
Ohio $45,845 $30,430 $39,170
Oklahoma $32,885 $27,330 $29,280
Oregon $44,140 n/a $37,040
Pennsylvania $49,525 $33,030 $39,530
Rhode Island $52,235 n/a n/a
South Carolina $38,930 $27,610 $34,380
South Dakota $33,515 $24,980 n/a
Tennessee $37,065 $29,690 $33,590
Texas $40,755 $32,330 $36,660
Utah $39,265 $25,140 n/a
Vermont $41,890 n/a n/a
Virginia $40,690 $31,990 $36,710
Washington $44,005 $30,010 $37,990
West Virginia $36,710 n/a $34,060
Wisconsin $42,450 $28,630 $35,510
Wyoming $37,845 $28,270 n/a



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