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Here’s How Much New Teachers Make in Every State

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America runs on teachers. In 2017, there were some 3.6 million full-time teachers in U.S., according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). 3.2 million of them were public school teachers, serving local communities across the country.

According to the NCES, the average salary for a U.S. public school teacher in the 2016-2017 school year was $58,950, 2% lower than the average salary in the 1990-1991 school year when adjusted for inflation.

Stagnant wages may be the reason why fewer college students have chosen to major in education. But teachers are more necessary than ever. NCES predicts there will be over 50 million students in public schools by 2025.

Few teachers chose education as a career path because it’s lucrative — but there are some states where becoming a new teacher may be more profitable than others.

According to the National Education Association, a national professional organization for teachers, the average starting salary for public school teachers in the 2017-2018 school year was $39,249, but this varied widely by location. In the District of Columbia, new teachers made an average starting salary of $55,209, the highest in the country, while in Montana they made $31,418, the lowest.

Here’s how much new teachers made on average in every state.

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Alabama

Average starting teacher salary: $38,491

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Alaska

Average starting teacher salary: $46,954

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Arizona

Average starting teacher salary: $34,473

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Arkansas

Average starting teacher salary: $33,323

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California

Average starting teacher salary: $46,992

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Colorado

Average starting teacher salary: $33,483

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Connecticut

Average starting teacher salary: $45,922

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Delaware

Average starting teacher salary: $41,639

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District of Columbia

Average starting teacher salary: $55,209

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Florida

Average starting teacher salary: $37,636

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Georgia

Average starting teacher salary: $35,474

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Hawaii

Average starting teacher salary: $46,790

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Idaho

Average starting teacher salary: $34,801

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Illinois

Average starting teacher salary: $39,236

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Indiana

Average starting teacher salary: $35,943

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Iowa

Average starting teacher salary: $37,048

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Kansas

Average starting teacher salary: $35,769

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Kentucky

Average starting teacher salary: $36,752

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Louisiana

Average starting teacher salary: $40,303

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Maine

Average starting teacher salary: $34,788

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Maryland

Average starting teacher salary: $45,147

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Massachusetts

Average starting teacher salary: $45,498

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Michigan

Average starting teacher salary: $36,599

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Minnesota

Average starting teacher salary: $38,529

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Mississippi

Average starting teacher salary: $34,784

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Missouri

Average starting teacher salary: $32,226

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Montana

Average starting teacher salary: $31,418

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Nebraska

Average starting teacher salary: $34,465

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Nevada

Average starting teacher salary: $39,054

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New Hampshire

Average starting teacher salary: $37,395

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New Jersey

Average starting teacher salary: $51,443

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New Mexico

Average starting teacher salary: $36,405

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New York

Average starting teacher salary: $45,589

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North Carolina

Average starting teacher salary: $37,631

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North Dakota

Average starting teacher salary: $38,611

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Ohio

Average starting teacher salary: $35,923

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Oklahoma

Average starting teacher salary: $32,010

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Oregon

Average starting teacher salary: $36,319

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Pennsylvania

Average starting teacher salary: $44,647

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Rhode Island

Average starting teacher salary: $41,689

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South Carolina

Average starting teacher salary: $33,148

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South Dakota

Average starting teacher salary: $38,098

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Tennessee

Average starting teacher salary: $37,305

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Texas

Average starting teacher salary: $41,481

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Utah

Average starting teacher salary: $38,499

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Vermont

Average starting teacher salary: $38,499

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Virginia

Average starting teacher salary: $40,453

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Washington

Average starting teacher salary: $42,240

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West Virginia

Average starting teacher salary: $33,715

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Wisconsin

Average starting teacher salary: $38,181

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Wyoming

Average starting teacher salary: $45,241

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