Average Starting Salaries of Public School Teachers

Below are average starting salaries for new teachers by state for the 2011-12 school year. The average starting salary nationwide for all teachers is $35,672. New Jersey had the highest starting salary for teachers.

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State

 Average Salary

Alabama

$36,201

Alaska

$42,928

Arizona

$31,689

Arkansas

$32,478

California

$41,131

Colorado

$32,095

Connecticut

$42,450

Delaware

$39,099

District of Columbia

$51,539

Florida

$35,236

Georgia

$33,673

Hawaii

$38,479

Idaho

$29,915

Illinois

$36,636

Indiana

$33,574

Iowa

$32,895

Kansas

$32,964

Kentucky

$35,075

Louisiana

$38,655

Maine

$31,580

Maryland

$43,003

Massachusetts

$40,462

Michigan

$34,724

Minnesota

$34,025

Mississippi

$31,187

Missouri

$29,857

Montana

$26,734

Nebraska

$30,086

Nevada

$35,449

New Hampshire

$33,871

New Jersey

$48,101

New Mexico

$32,093

New York

$44,370

North Carolina

$30,779

North Dakota

$31,065

Ohio

$33,035

Oklahoma

$31,600

Oregon

$33,241

Pennsylvania

$41,192

Rhode Island

$39,006

South Carolina

$31,685

South Dakota

$29,308

Tennessee

$33,287

Texas

$34,234

Utah

$33,268

Vermont

$34,709

Virginia

$36,737

Washington

$36,474

West Virginia

$32,435

Wisconsin

$33,170

Wyoming

$43,053

Source: National Education Association

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