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Hello Friends,
I am interested in relocating to a western State from Florida. However, the differences in pay are surprising and I would appreciate your input.
My wife and I both teach, my pay bracket is 44k (new teachers start at 40k), the wife w/ 25 yrs is at 55k. We have retirement and our health insurance is payed 100%.
In searches for Colorado, Nevada, Utah, etc., starting pay is often in the low 30k's, and many of the smaller districts offer minuscule benefits. Are these figures correct?
We have vacationed in these areas for years and do not see correspondingly lower cost of living. Is there a part of the equation I am missing?


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Nope. Pay is just low in these areas. Cost of living is not.
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Figures are Correct
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Yup - these figures are correct.

Stay away from Idaho. The education system is a mess, the legislature is totally unsupportive.

The only bright spot is the state retirement system which is self-supporting and one of the top 10 pension funds in the U.S.

Health insurance depends on the district. My district paid 100% for the employee, but dependents and family were extra. I can see that changing with what health insurance has done.
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Colorado teachers do not pay into Social Security (and do not get a piece of it either).
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Wow 25 years and 55k. You need to move to
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Massachusetts. After 17 years I make 81K. I can't believe the differences in pay from state to state.


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good grief!
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I wish I were getting paid close to that!!! I'm in WV. One of the lowest paying teacher states and i'm in one of the lowest paid counties for teachers. I'm making around 35k. We use hubby's insurance, so i don't have that cost coming out of my paycheck. I'll never see 40 or 50k
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81K! Not here unless you are in administration.
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I teach in Idaho-year number 30. Make $58,000.00 a year. Took my whole life to make that!
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differences is FLorida- I am year 18 and make 49, 000 in my district.
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I taught in MA. 81K sounds nice, but Greater Boston has some of the highest real estate costs in the country. Out here, 81K gets you nowhere.


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These salary variances are crazy. I work in PA. Year 6 and I'm making more than a 30 year veteran from other states. Which is crazy and not fair. I would love to move south but the $ is way too low. It is a shame. I wish our legislators would do something to improve the quality of pay for the most important of jobs....educators. Oh well...I digress.
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