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Old 04-14-2017, 04:13 PM
 
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I know we've had this discussion about salaries before (but not for a while), and I ran across this link today that has state salaries adjusted for cost of living. It's a year or two old, I believe, and of course most states don't have the same salary schedule for all districts (Hawai'i is only one district, so it does-- but that's probably the only one? I don't know- do other states keep the same salary schedule for all districts?).

I just thought it was interesting and thought I'd share

(If you are interested in where the data came from - as you should be - here is the referring site)


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close..I retired in 2015 (in Louisiana) I was making about $50,000. Our sales tax is at 9.75 (not 7)...close!!
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Texas definitely doesn't have the same salary schedule or COL across the state... but that looks number looks like it could be an average of state salaries. I make more than that in my 7th year of teaching in one of the highest paying districts in DFW, but when I started in a rural community I made 10k less than that.... and COL was lower.
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The many districts in California have their own salary schedules. I find your chart interesting. Just because a state has better buying power than mine does not entice me to live there. I'm sad, but not surprised, to see CA so low on the list--but I still love California.
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Just because a state has better buying power than mine does not entice me to live there.
And you should live wherever you want. That wasn't my point in posting it. It's just eye-opening to some to see that higher pay rate in another state may not actually be a better deal when COL is factored in (and vice versa- a lower pay rate may actually be better compensation).


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Sorry, Dr. GraceKrispy, I didn't mean to sound snippy. Just like it here.
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Sorry, Dr. GraceKrispy, I didn't mean to sound snippy. Just like it here.
Not at all- I think it's awesome that you love where you live. I feel like so many people are unhappy and feel like they can't make a change. That is sad to me!
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It's an interesting report however the quality of living and the respect for the profession matters most to me. A strong union and collective bargaining rights are important to me and I am glad I have both. Thanks for posting
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Ouch! I knew teachers in Hawaii weren't paid well, and I knew our cost of living is high, I just didn't realize we are dead last in the nation!

That being said, I do love living in Hawaii. I can't imagine not living in the islands or having extra money to spend
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West Virginia is 47th, which is better than I expected. Thank you for sharing -- that is really interesting.


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In Australia, teacher salaries are higher than the US. At the top of the classroom teacher scale in my state, I earn about $98,000 (about $75,000US). However, our cost of living is higher - it costs more to buy a house in a rural area than in a similar part of the USA (I want to cry when I see some property prices) - food and clothing is generally more expensive. We are doing fine, but we aren't wealthy.
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Why does NM have an asterisk?!?!
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My state is in the middle, but our housing costs keep rising. My union just negotiated a 11% raise for us next year. We have a teacher shortage and others districts are upping their salaries. A first year teacher will now make $41,000. Not bad!
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Why does NM have an asterisk?!?!
I wondered the same thing!

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However, our cost of living is higher - it costs more to buy a house in a rural area than in a similar part of the USA (I want to cry when I see some property prices) - food and clothing is generally more expensive.
I'm just curious how you decided what the similar part of the US would be, since costs and pay vary so much in various parts of the country.
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Not all districts come close to that salary In CA it says:

$70,887

I don't even make that after 17 years and a M.Ed! My district is one of the lowest paying in the area but this area is cheaper than where my sister lives and she was paid A LOT more (I was always very jealous, she taught less years, no Masters and was always making $10k more than me!)
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I teach in CA and the various districts do not pay the same. This is my fourth year full time and I make $64,00. It said the average was $70,000, I will surpass that in just a few years.
If I worked in a neighboring district (about 10 minutes away), I would make about $10,000 less/year.
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I never taught in a public school and have been a self employed business for the past 11 years, but I thought that Illinois would be much higher than 15th in average salary. There are Illinois teachers at the top of the pay scale who make 120,000. I know they were only talking about the average salary, but you would think the median would be higher as I think the starting salary in Illinois has to be at least $40,000 as I know for a fact that it was $35,000 in 2001.
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In NY every district negotiates their own contract and salary scale. After 25 years and a Masters Degree plus 60-75 additional credits most teachers make 120,000. This amount would decrease as you get further away from the tristate area. The cost of living is high with yearly homeowner taxes between 14,000 and 20,000 in most middle class areas. Condos and co-ops are paying about 7,000 in taxes in my area.

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Downstate salaries really bring the Illinois average down.

Many districts starting salaries are still below $40,000.
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I'm in NJ. There is a vast difference in the COL for North Jersey and where I live in South Jersey-close to DE. I have been teaching 34 years. I have been at the top of the pay scale for a while and haven't had a raise and don't expect one in the next couple of years. :-( Our starting teachers are one of the lowest paid in the state. You can work in the district right next to us and make at least $10,000 more a year. The districts negotiate the salary. Then our union built our pay scale. In the last contract, they focused on raising the starting salary which was desperately needed, but it hurts people like me who have not had a raise in years during that same time Gov Christie decided we needed to pay a lot more for our health benefits so I essentially make less every year while the COL goes up.:-(
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Plus the cost of living varies greatly in IL. Think about the Chicago proper, Lake county as compared to down state or Winnabago county (where I am).
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I knew FL would be low... I agree, it varies greatly by area/county/district. Plus, contract days also vary. We have 190, and are given 10 days per year for sick/personal. In another state, I know their teacher contracts are 180, and they have 13 days. Guess it all affects salary.......plus I have been surprised by how greatly benefits vary. Thanks for sharing.
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Not all districts come close to that salary In CA it says:

$70,887

I don't even make that after 17 years and a M.Ed! My district is one of the lowest paying in the area but this area is cheaper than where my sister lives and she was paid A LOT more (I was always very jealous, she taught less years, no Masters and was always making $10k more than me!)
Dont feel bad-I am also about 20,000 a year off from the CA posted salary. Where did they get that number from? 70,000 a year in my dreams.

It is also not that I live and work in a lower cost area. A two bedroom apartment in my area is about 50% of my monthly bring home. We are just not paid a living wage. I need to find a well paid husband if I want to stay out of the homeless encampment.
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I didn't think about the other areas in the state. Us Chicago metro area people have a tendency to forget that the rest of the state exists which is terrible I know. I am in Lake County where the salaries are probably much higher than other areas of the state.
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I teach in southern IL, Many starting salaries start at 31,000- 33,000 with TRS. So in reality, your base is 27,000- 29,000. Many people outside of Chicago forget we exist. Many districts where I am at are also on salary freezes due to the state not paying .
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Another CA here. Live in a county with at least 20 districts. Very high col (a one bedroom apartment rents for 2,400). Each district has their own pay scale. For the 2015-2016 school year, I switched districts and made about 10,000 more than I would have made in the former district.
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For my state, it says the average teacher makes 49k. That is towards the middle of most districts' pay scales around here, so I guess it's fairly accurate especially since it's very hard to get hired as a new teacher in this area. Lots of tiny, rural country towns and schools filled with people who have been there their whole career. I am in year 5 but get paid on step 3 because our district hasn't agreed on a new bargaining agreement. We are all stalled on the step we were on 2 years ago. They are expecting an agreement to be made any time, at which point we all get back pay. My current salary as a 5th year teacher is $37k. It SHOULD be $39k. That does not count the $3,500 a year of cash in lieu I get for not taking the school supplied health insurance. That is split into equal installments and added to each pay check. I find this salary to be dismally low. My husband makes over twice what I do for about half the work! And that is not my opinion.. I wouldn't downplay the hard work he does. He has spent many days in my room (he's like our mascot...lol!) And that comes directly from him!
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I can't say for sure but it seems that districts in higher risk areas are paid more than the areas that are nicer to be in. The nicer areas, lower crime rates, better parent participation typically don't have a problem getting and keeping teachers. Conversely, districts in lower income, higher crime areas, lower parent participation have a more difficult time getting and keeping teachers and thus offer more compensation.
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I'm at 58,000 now. Took me 30 years to get to that. But col is low. So not bad.
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I was surprised about how low Hawaii's salaries are, but dang! They get to live in Hawaii!
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