Starting teachers in Texas averaged $41,481 in 2017-18

A new teacher’s salary in Texas averaged $41,481 for the 2017-2018 school year, the 15th highest out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a new report by the National Education Association (NEA).

Starting teachers in Texas earn more than the national average of starting teachers’ $39,249 salary, according to the NEA. But starting teachers’ pay has dropped 2.9 percent over the past decade because of inflation, the report notes.

Slightly more than 60 percent–more than six out of every 10 school districts nationwide– pay new teachers less than $40,000, the NEA reports. First-year teachers in 300 public school districts are paid less than $30,000 annually.

The NEA also pointed to a recent Economic Policy Institute report that found that teachers are paid more than 21 percent less than other professionals with similar education and experience.

Average Starting Teacher Salaries by State

Rank State Average Starting Salary
1 District of Columbia $55,209
2 New Jersey $51,443
3 California $46,992
4 Alaska $46,954
5 Hawaii $46,790
6 Connecticut $45,922
7 New York $45,589
8 Massachusetts $45,498
9 Wyoming $45,241
10 Maryland $45,147
11 Pennsylvania $44,647
12 Washington $42,240
13 Rhode Island $41,689
14 Delaware $41,639
15 Texas $41,481
16 Virginia $40,453
17 Louisiana $40,303
18 Illinois $39,236
19 Nevada $39,054
20 North Dakota $38,611
21 Minnesota $38,529
22 Utah $38,499
23 Vermont $38,499
24 Alabama $38,491
25 Wisconsin $38,181
26 South Dakota $38,098
27 Florida $37,636
28 North Carolina $37,631
29 New Hampshire $37,395
30 Tennessee $37,305
31 Iowa $37,048
32 Kentucky $36,752
33 Michigan $36,599
34 New Mexico $36,405
35 Oregon $36,319
36 Indiana $35,943
37 Ohio $35,923
38 Kansas $35,769
39 Georgia $35,474
40 Idaho $34,801
41 Maine $34,788
42 Mississippi $34,784
43 Arizona $34,473
44 Nebraska $34,465
45 West Virginia $33,715
46 Colorado $33,483
47 Arkansas $33,323
48 South Carolina $33,148
49 Missouri $32,226
50 Oklahoma $32,010
51 Montana $31,418

Source: National Education Association

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