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Arizona’s median elementary school teacher salary remains significantly lower than the national median. With many district superintendents reporting low and/or frozen salaries as a top reason for teachers leaving the profession, lack of mentoring programs and professional development opportunities, lack of respect for the profession, and other factors are also cited.

Arizona students would benefit from policies and funding that enable schools to attract, support, and retain great teachers and principals. In addition, competitive pay and incentives to work in more challenging or remote location might stem teacher turnover.

Teacher Pay is defined as the rank of Arizona’s school teachers as compared to the other US states. Importantly, these data measure the salaries of all teachers, including those at charter schools and account for primary and secondary school teachers separately.

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Teacher Pay

Teacher Pay and Comparable Professions Adjusted for Cost-of-Living

  Elementary School Teacher Secondary School Teacher Accountant and Auditor Civil Engineer Occupational Therapist Physician Assistant
 SalaryRankSalaryRankSalaryRankSalaryRankSalaryRankSalaryRank
United States$58,230$60,320$70,500$86,640$84,270$108,610
Alabama$58,45425$59,33126$73,4376$86,67823$96,1012$108,96228
Alaska$69,0046$72,5862$72,40411$102,5672$83,75532$115,89112
Arizona$45,35349$48,69348$66,78432$82,37637$94,4504$109,04627
Arkansas$55,01734$58,68231$71,23716$87,26022$91,01712$118,1048
California$70,4093$72,0125$65,93238$92,3787$84,72129$103,22338
Colorado$48,76946$50,17447$70,67820$84,11830$84,05031$99,87445
Connecticut$69,8614$71,0836$70,78719$83,29633$83,15734$116,9639
Delaware$61,97814$64,87513$72,6779$87,32321$84,80528$105,83435
Florida$48,67947$52,17243$62,33249$83,26334$84,95527$104,52537
Georgia$60,81119$62,08623$74,4545$80,84341$89,60016$112,93023
Hawaii$51,62940$50,76846$51,72250$70,55749$72,52348$98,08447
Idaho$49,44145$54,17239$62,65648$78,79645$88,54818$112,14024
Illinois$59,97022$68,7119$72,55810$89,94915$86,11223$107,26930
Indiana$55,22332$56,14735$71,69315$87,47219$90,88013$110,11126
Iowa$60,39021$62,40521$68,41927$91,70410$87,42821$119,5435
Kansas$54,17836$55,06738$67,92230$84,47829$88,36719$114,57818
Kentucky$61,51317$63,35616$68,66925$90,45512$89,55617$107,03131
Louisiana$53,31938$55,80536$67,92529$104,5501$93,9516$100,37744
Maine$53,53737$55,40737$64,17744$80,85440$70,04150$113,87220
Maryland$63,98511$65,05512$67,66931$71,86548$82,98935$97,75149
Massachusetts$73,0032$72,1324$69,40722$82,28038$81,50136$102,04842
Michigan$68,2588$66,71010$70,80618$82,96836$80,37638$116,34411
Minnesota$63,41512$63,14919$67,93828$91,02611$75,65145$118,1547
Mississippi$50,17544$53,82740$66,14936$93,7576$93,9565$105,48436
Missouri$51,36341$53,82141$71,10617$87,43020$85,54224$106,44733
Montana$52,77039$51,82944$64,96841$78,49946$76,97742$113,33022
Nebraska$63,40413$63,33717$66,76333$90,12313$85,01126$115,40213
Nevada$58,22726$59,15028$63,88346$90,01014$96,6191$122,5102
New Hampshire$55,04733$57,51434$63,44047$76,39947$75,95543$106,36134
New Jersey$59,48623$66,16511$71,91313$85,97026$84,22530$106,90932
New Mexico$56,75230$57,56732$64,43743$92,0698$85,30525$120,3974
New York$68,8777$70,1997$71,89114$80,14742$72,13349$101,08843
North Carolina$50,23043$51,21645$76,4952$88,14917$92,7719$111,91725
North Dakota$58,05828$58,82430$66,21535$87,48118$74,38447$114,97216
Ohio$69,6855$69,4498$72,7008$88,16616$94,8483$119,1686
Oklahoma$43,39350$46,38250$73,0677$94,4944$93,9217$116,69710
Oregon$66,5539$72,2713$66,09037$86,29124$91,02511$114,52319
Pennsylvania$65,27110$64,34115$68,92723$83,61631$80,02040$99,81646
Rhode Island$75,4561$74,5031$77,8601$84,60428$80,86237$94,69650
South Carolina$54,88935$58,98229$64,86742$85,39827$87,89820$107,67729
South Dakota$48,37948$48,49249$70,60121$83,51532$77,32441$115,24915
Tennessee$56,50431$57,54433$68,69524$94,1485$93,5848$102,88739
Texas$58,12427$59,58825$75,1133$95,1553$90,49514$113,48521
Utah$59,35124$59,17527$65,37140$79,39244$87,29922$102,79440
Vermont$57,65929$62,33222$65,66839$70,29350$75,72744$102,16641
Virginia$61,74316$62,67420$74,9174$86,25925$90,21515$97,92448
Washington$61,82315$64,60514$66,35334$83,13035$75,47046$115,32914
West Virginia$51,28742$53,18442$72,03412$91,8289$91,59810$114,63217
Wisconsin$60,45520$61,36424$68,60426$81,00639$80,28139$121,0933
Wyoming$61,50218$63,17218$63,93945$79,77943$83,28833$124,0441

 


 

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