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The following is a breakdown of the average teacher salaries in all 50 states. Salaries are taken from an NEA survey.

It is important to understand that there are a number of variables that can have a dramatic impact on the salary of a teacher including the time you’ve spent teaching, what type of a qualifications you possess, whether or not you have completed a masters degree program, and the level of job competition in your area. The information below is based on averages that include 15 weeks off for summer vacation.

Top 10 states with the highest average teacher salaries:
1. District Of Columbia $58,456
2. Connecticut $57,737
3. California $57,604
4. Illinois $57,539
5. New Jersey $56,519
6. New York $56,200
7. Massachusetts $54,701
8. Michigan $53,959
9. Rhode Island $53,473
10. Pennsylvania $53,258

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Top 10 states with the lowest average teacher salaries:
1. South Dakota $34,040
2. North Dakota $36,695
3. Oklahoma $37,879
4. Alabama $38,186
5. Mississippi $38,212
6. West Virginia $38,360
7. Montana $38,485
8. Louisiana $39,022
9. Missouri $39,090
10. Iowa $39,284

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Complete list of average state salaries
United States Average $47,659
1. District Of Columbia $58,456
2. Connecticut $57,737
3. California $57,604
4. Illinois $57,539
5. New Jersey $56,519
6. New York $56,200
7. Massachusetts $54,701
8. Michigan $53,959
9. Rhode Island $53,473
10. Pennsylvania $53,258
11. Alaska $52,424
12. Maryland $52,331
13. Delaware $50,595
14. Ohio $48,692
15. Oregon $48,320
16. Minnesota $46,906
17. Indiana $46,583
18. Georgia $46,526
19. Hawaii $46,149
20. Washington $45,718
21. Vermont $44,535
22. Wisconsin $44,299
23. Colorado $43,949
24. New Hampshire $43,941
25. Nevada $43,394
26. North Carolina $43,348
27. Arizona $42,905
28. Virginia $42,768
29. South Carolina $42,189
30. Tennessee $41,590
31. Florida $41,590
32. Texas $41,011
33. Kentucky $40,959
34. Idaho $40,864
35. Wyoming $40,497
36. Arkansas $40,495
37. Maine $39,610
38. Nebraska $39,456
39. Utah $39,456
40. New Mexico $39,391
41. Kansas $39,345
42. Iowa $39,284
43. Missouri $39,090
44. Louisiana $39,022
45. Montana $38,485
46. West Virginia $38,360
47. Mississippi $38,212
48. Alabama $38,186
49. Oklahoma $37,879
50. North Dakota $36,695
51. South Dakota $34,040

Salaries from the NEA.