Average teacher salaries in Utah rank 9th lowest in nation


The average Utah teacher’s 2018-19 salary is estimated to be $50,342, the 43rd highest in the nation, according to annual rankings and estimates released last month by the National Education Association (NEA).

In current dollars, average teacher salaries in the jurisdiction rose 8.6 percent between 2009-10 and the current school year, the NEA report found. In inflation-adjusted dollars, teacher salaries in the jurisdiction dropped 6.9 percent.

Nationwide, the average teacher salary adjusted for inflation declined 4.5 percent over the past 10 years, according to the NEA analysis. In current dollars, however, the average teacher salary in the nation increased by 11.2 percent over that period.

“Across the nation educator pay continues to erode, expanding the large pay gap between what teachers earn and what similarly educated and experienced professionals in other fields earn,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. 

The states where school teachers have seen their pay in real dollars lose the most ground were Wisconsin and Michigan, according to the NEA’s state rankings of teacher salaries.

In addition, 63 percent of U.S. school districts continue to offer teachers starting salaries of under $40,000, the report says. 

---

Highest Average Teacher Salaries by State

State

2017-18 Salary

2018-19 Salary

2018-19 Salary Rank

Change From 2009-10 to 2018-19 (% in Current Dollars)

Change From 2009-10 to 2018-19 (% in Inflation-Adjusted Dollars)

New York

$84,227

$85,889

1

19.9

2.7

California

$80,680

$82,282

2

21.1

3.8

Massachusetts

$80,357

$82,042

3

19.4

2.3

District of Columbia

$76,486

$78,477

4

21.6

4.2

Connecticut

$74,517

$76,465

5

12.3

-3.8

Washington

$55,693

$72,965

6

37.7

17.9

Maryland

$69,627

$70,463

7

10.1

-5.7

Alaska

$69,682

$70,277

8

15.7

-0.9

New Jersey

$69,917

$70,212

9

7.8

-7.6

Pennsylvania

$67,535

$68,141

10

15.2

-1.3

Rhode Island

$66,758

$67,040

11

12.3

-3.8

Illinois

$65,721

$66,600

12

6.2

-9.0

Oregon

$63,061

$64,385

13

16.0

-0.6

Delaware

$61,795

$62,308

14

9.2

-6.5

Michigan

$61,911

$61,825

15

-1.9

-16.0

Vermont

$60,556

$61,027

16

24.3

6.5

Hawaii

$57,866

$59,757

17

8.5

-7.0

Wyoming

$58,352

$58,618

18

4.9

-10.1

Minnesota

$57,782

$58,221

19

11.0

-4.9

New Hampshire

$57,833

$58,146

20

13.0

-3.2

Iowa

$57,018

$58,140

21

17.2

0.4

Ohio

$58,000

$57,799

22

3.3

-11.5

Georgia

$56,329

$57,137

23

7.6

-7.8

Maine

$53,815

$54,974

24

19.0

1.9

Nebraska

$54,213

$54,506

25

17.9

1.0

Nevada

$54,280

$54,280

26

5.3

-9.7

Texas

$53,334

$54,155

27

12.2

-3.9

Montana

$52,776

$54,034

28

18.1

1.2

North Carolina

$51,231

$53,975

29

15.2

-1.3

Kentucky

$52,952

$53,434

30

7.9

-7.6

North Dakota

$52,850

$53,434

31

24.6

6.8

Colorado

$52,701

$53,301

32

8.4

-7.1

Virginia

$51,994

$52,466

33

9.2

-6.4

Oklahoma

$46,300

$52,412

34

18.4

1.5

Tennessee

$50,900

$51,714

35

13.7

-2.6

Wisconsin

$51,469

$51,453

36

0.4

-14.0

Arkansas

$50,544

$51,019

37

10.8

-5.1

Indiana

$50,614

$50,937

38

1.9

-12.7

Louisiana

$50,359

$50,923

39

4.1

-10.8

Alabama 

$50,568

$50,810

40

6.8

-8.5

Idaho

$49,225

$50,757

41

9.2

-6.4

South Carolina

$50,182

$50,395

42

6.1

-9.1

Utah

$49,655

$50,342

43

8.6

-6.9

Missouri

$49,304

$50,064

44

10.9

-5.0

Arizona

$48,723

$49,892

45

6.3

-9.0

Kansas

$49,754

$49,800

46

6.7

-8.6

South Dakota

$47,631

$48,786

47

25.6

7.6

Florida

$48,168

$48,395

48

3.6

-11.2

New Mexico

$47,152

$47,826

49

3.4

-11.4

West Virginia

$45,642

$47,681

50

7.1

-8.2

Mississippi

$44,926

$45,574

51

7.7

-7.7

Source: National Education Association

Want to get notified whenever we write about National Education Association ?

Sign-up Next time we write about National Education Association, we'll email you a link to the story. You may edit your settings or unsubscribe at any time.

Organizations in this Story

National Education Association

More News

Metro Business Network