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Teacher Pay

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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  Salary Rank Salary Rank Salary Rank Salary Rank Salary Rank Salary Rank
United States $58,230   $60,320   $70,500   $86,640   $84,270   $108,610  
Alabama $58,454 25 $59,331 26 $73,437 6 $86,678 23 $96,101 2 $108,962 28
Alaska $69,004 6 $72,586 2 $72,404 11 $102,567 2 $83,755 32 $115,891 12
Arizona $45,353 49 $48,693 48 $66,784 32 $82,376 37 $94,450 4 $109,046 27
Arkansas $55,017 34 $58,682 31 $71,237 16 $87,260 22 $91,017 12 $118,104 8
California $70,409 3 $72,012 5 $65,932 38 $92,378 7 $84,721 29 $103,223 38
Colorado $48,769 46 $50,174 47 $70,678 20 $84,118 30 $84,050 31 $99,874 45
Connecticut $69,861 4 $71,083 6 $70,787 19 $83,296 33 $83,157 34 $116,963 9
Delaware $61,978 14 $64,875 13 $72,677 9 $87,323 21 $84,805 28 $105,834 35
Florida $48,679 47 $52,172 43 $62,332 49 $83,263 34 $84,955 27 $104,525 37
Georgia $60,811 19 $62,086 23 $74,454 5 $80,843 41 $89,600 16 $112,930 23
Hawaii $51,629 40 $50,768 46 $51,722 50 $70,557 49 $72,523 48 $98,084 47
Idaho $49,441 45 $54,172 39 $62,656 48 $78,796 45 $88,548 18 $112,140 24
Illinois $59,970 22 $68,711 9 $72,558 10 $89,949 15 $86,112 23 $107,269 30
Indiana $55,223 32 $56,147 35 $71,693 15 $87,472 19 $90,880 13 $110,111 26
Iowa $60,390 21 $62,405 21 $68,419 27 $91,704 10 $87,428 21 $119,543 5
Kansas $54,178 36 $55,067 38 $67,922 30 $84,478 29 $88,367 19 $114,578 18
Kentucky $61,513 17 $63,356 16 $68,669 25 $90,455 12 $89,556 17 $107,031 31
Louisiana $53,319 38 $55,805 36 $67,925 29 $104,550 1 $93,951 6 $100,377 44
Maine $53,537 37 $55,407 37 $64,177 44 $80,854 40 $70,041 50 $113,872 20
Maryland $63,985 11 $65,055 12 $67,669 31 $71,865 48 $82,989 35 $97,751 49
Massachusetts $73,003 2 $72,132 4 $69,407 22 $82,280 38 $81,501 36 $102,048 42
Michigan $68,258 8 $66,710 10 $70,806 18 $82,968 36 $80,376 38 $116,344 11
Minnesota $63,415 12 $63,149 19 $67,938 28 $91,026 11 $75,651 45 $118,154 7
Mississippi $50,175 44 $53,827 40 $66,149 36 $93,757 6 $93,956 5 $105,484 36
Missouri $51,363 41 $53,821 41 $71,106 17 $87,430 20 $85,542 24 $106,447 33
Montana $52,770 39 $51,829 44 $64,968 41 $78,499 46 $76,977 42 $113,330 22
Nebraska $63,404 13 $63,337 17 $66,763 33 $90,123 13 $85,011 26 $115,402 13
Nevada $58,227 26 $59,150 28 $63,883 46 $90,010 14 $96,619 1 $122,510 2
New Hampshire $55,047 33 $57,514 34 $63,440 47 $76,399 47 $75,955 43 $106,361 34
New Jersey $59,486 23 $66,165 11 $71,913 13 $85,970 26 $84,225 30 $106,909 32
New Mexico $56,752 30 $57,567 32 $64,437 43 $92,069 8 $85,305 25 $120,397 4
New York $68,877 7 $70,199 7 $71,891 14 $80,147 42 $72,133 49 $101,088 43
North Carolina $50,230 43 $51,216 45 $76,495 2 $88,149 17 $92,771 9 $111,917 25
North Dakota $58,058 28 $58,824 30 $66,215 35 $87,481 18 $74,384 47 $114,972 16
Ohio $69,685 5 $69,449 8 $72,700 8 $88,166 16 $94,848 3 $119,168 6
Oklahoma $43,393 50 $46,382 50 $73,067 7 $94,494 4 $93,921 7 $116,697 10
Oregon $66,553 9 $72,271 3 $66,090 37 $86,291 24 $91,025 11 $114,523 19
Pennsylvania $65,271 10 $64,341 15 $68,927 23 $83,616 31 $80,020 40 $99,816 46
Rhode Island $75,456 1 $74,503 1 $77,860 1 $84,604 28 $80,862 37 $94,696 50
South Carolina $54,889 35 $58,982 29 $64,867 42 $85,398 27 $87,898 20 $107,677 29
South Dakota $48,379 48 $48,492 49 $70,601 21 $83,515 32 $77,324 41 $115,249 15
Tennessee $56,504 31 $57,544 33 $68,695 24 $94,148 5 $93,584 8 $102,887 39
Texas $58,124 27 $59,588 25 $75,113 3 $95,155 3 $90,495 14 $113,485 21
Utah $59,351 24 $59,175 27 $65,371 40 $79,392 44 $87,299 22 $102,794 40
Vermont $57,659 29 $62,332 22 $65,668 39 $70,293 50 $75,727 44 $102,166 41
Virginia $61,743 16 $62,674 20 $74,917 4 $86,259 25 $90,215 15 $97,924 48
Washington $61,823 15 $64,605 14 $66,353 34 $83,130 35 $75,470 46 $115,329 14
West Virginia $51,287 42 $53,184 42 $72,034 12 $91,828 9 $91,598 10 $114,632 17
Wisconsin $60,455 20 $61,364 24 $68,604 26 $81,006 39 $80,281 39 $121,093 3
Wyoming $61,502 18 $63,172 18 $63,939 45 $79,779 43 $83,288 33 $124,044 1

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