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Teaching Salaries Based on Degrees Earned & Location

Teaching Salaries Based on Degrees Earned & Location

Are you wondering if getting an advanced degree can help add money to your salary? The answer is “yes.” But depending on where you live in the US, the difference may be bigger than you think. The areas where the Master’s degree or a Doctorate really pay for themselves is in suburban areas. These figures were obtained by the National Center for Education Statistics, and they do account for cost differences between the geographic areas.




<FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=4>Locale <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=4>All Teachers <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=4>Bachelor’s Degree <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=4>Master’s Degree <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=4>Doctor’s Degree
Overall $44,400 $39,200 $49,400 $53,700
<FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=4>CITY <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=3>$44,000 <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=3>$39,200 <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=3>$48,200 <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=3>$52,700
<FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=4>SUBURBAN <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=3>$45,700 <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=3>$39,800 <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=3>$50,600 <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=3>$55,600
<FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=4>TOWN <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=3>$45,900 <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=3>$41,600 <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=3>$51,200 <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=3>$45,600
<FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=4> RURAL <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=3>$43,000 <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=3>$38,800 <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=3>$48,400 <FONT COLOR=BLACK FACE=“Helvetica” SIZE=3>$51,400


  • Source: Department of Education, National Centr for Education Statistics.
  • Note: NCES’s comparable wage index was used to account for geographic cost difference.


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