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Old 09-28-2018, 08:37 AM
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I was looking at something else and ran across this site. It's a more recent ranking of teacher salaries adjusted for cost of living. For anyone considering moving, it might be helpful to have a general sense of salary by state Or maybe it will just make you feel better (or worse) about your own salary/situation :

https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018...at-the-numbers
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Old 09-28-2018, 12:23 PM
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Thank you.

I am one that actually ends up feeling better about where I am at and what I am making.

Just do not bring up our teacher retirement plan. 😬
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Old 09-28-2018, 12:50 PM
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Yep my state is st the bottom as usual.
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Old 09-28-2018, 01:05 PM
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Yep my state is st the bottom as usual.
Hawai'i's at the bottom- by a decent margin. No wonder it was so hard to make ends meet-- and to add insult to injury, we had to teach all our own specials. We did get duty-free lunch, though
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Old 09-28-2018, 01:25 PM
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I don’t understand the overall ranking. It seems like states like CA, Hawaii, and NY (states where I’d live) should rank near the bottom while states like New Mexico, Utah, and South Dakota (where I wouldn’t live) should be ranked near the top (they’re at the bottom) because their salaries outstrip their COL. What am I missing?


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Old 09-28-2018, 02:05 PM
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amiga- I'm not sure if this answers what you're asking, but it seems to me that they adjust the salary to reflect the "real" salary if you consider cost of living (sort of like those cost of living calculators that can tell you that if you make X dollars in UT, you'd need to make X dollars in NY to keep up your current standard of living). So expensive states only rank near the bottom if their salaries are not high enough to cover cost of living. In the rankings I used to see from about 6 years ago, CA was second from the bottom. I don't know if their overall average salary has risen, but they are much higher on this chart from NPR.

The tricky part is that it's an overall mean, so of course it factors in both the cheaper places to live in a state along with the pricier places (but I would assume salaries might vary a bit in those places, too).

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Below, you can see what teachers in each state and Washington, D.C., make before — and after — adjusting for regional cost differences. EdBuild used 2015-16 average teacher salaries as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics and a cost-of-living index produced by the Council for Community and Economic Research. Before we get into the numbers, a few quick caveats: There is obviously wide variation in the costs of living within states, too, that these numbers can't clearly capture. In some cases, deep pockets of veteran teachers may also conceal low pay for young teachers. If you're curious to know what states pay their starting teachers, EdBuild has looked at that, too.
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Old 09-28-2018, 02:16 PM
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The tricky part is that it's an overall mean
That’s it! The math is too hard for me.
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Old 09-28-2018, 03:45 PM
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Interesting. Thank you!

They mention this, and it's worth noting. The COL varies for many states by city. I live in what I imagine is the most expensive city in my state, so it is hard to tell how I'm doing.
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Old 09-28-2018, 04:32 PM
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I guess that explains why they can't fill positions in my district.
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Old 09-28-2018, 05:30 PM
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Washington’s needs to be adjusted for the new salaries they just negotiated. I’d like to know where they would rank now.


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Old 10-06-2018, 08:04 PM
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Considering that I earn more than my teaching salary just from working the side-biz every year, at this point I'm still teaching for the health coverage and a guaranteed retirement check. I do still enjoy the kiddos very much but those are the only financial reasons I wouldn't do the business full time.


That said, if all I was earning was from teaching, DW sure wouldn't be able to stay at home and us live as nearly as comfortably as we do now.
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