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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.

2020 Teacher Pay

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

State Elementary
School Teacher
Secondary
School Teacher
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Engineer
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Physician
Assistant
  Salary Rank Salary Rank Salary Rank Salary Rank Salary Rank Salary Rank
United States $60,940   $62,870   $73,560   $88,570   $86,280   $115,390  
Alabama 60,781 25 62,284 24 74,639 16 100,186 3 101,352 4 107,949 42
Alaska 70,333 8 71,931 8 72,122 25 90,324 19 89,458 24 127,069 8
Arizona $48,058 50 $52,731 47 $71,319 29 $82,336 40 $98,141 6 $120,426 20
Arkansas 57,249 31 60,579 28 74,640 15 90,307 20 97,320 10 123,790 12
California 73,857 3 75,962 2 67,895 38 96,108 5 88,660 26 111,641 34
Colorado 52,257 47 54,239 45 75,289 12 88,842 23 87,409 29 107,272 45
Connecticut 76,114 1 74,514 5 75,438 11 85,886 31 86,171 31 133,657 4
Delaware 65,704 15 68,773 14 77,414 5 89,296 22 80,423 42 109,527 39
Florida 55,980 35 59,871 30 64,455 49 83,040 38 87,347 30 109,119 40
Georgia 65,279 16 65,837 18 79,335 2 80,161 44 95,805 11 111,685 33
Hawaii 53,822 41 54,275 43 51,668 50 71,106 49 74,023 47 96,496 50
Idaho 53,937 40 54,794 42 66,866 42 85,792 32 91,725 16 121,009 18
Illinois 64,456 17 72,628 7 73,172 20 90,339 18 85,216 32 110,924 36
Indiana 56,426 33 57,430 37 74,949 13 90,428 17 92,593 13 118,985 22
Iowa 61,438 22 64,202 19 72,719 23 95,876 7 90,730 18 130,674 6
Kansas 58,128 29 59,574 31 71,256 31 83,621 36 97,623 7 118,969 23
Kentucky 60,927 24 63,547 23 71,568 27 95,938 6 90,343 20 101,487 48
Louisiana 55,404 38 57,804 36 70,751 35 0 50 99,909 5 109,693 38
Maine 52,367 45 57,422 38 64,753 48 88,097 26 73,061 49 116,657 28
Maryland 70,399 7 71,346 9 70,799 34 75,404 47 80,418 43 107,911 43
Massachusetts 74,746 2 75,797 3 73,542 19 82,518 39 77,554 45 107,482 44
Michigan 71,788 6 67,400 15 74,735 14 84,215 35 82,741 40 120,910 19
Minnesota 61,439 21 63,684 22 71,827 26 93,173 12 78,827 44 125,908 11
Mississippi 51,505 48 53,791 46 71,090 33 100,818 2 105,237 2 100,948 49
Missouri 52,683 43 51,060 49 73,112 21 92,063 13 89,831 23 114,070 30
Montana 52,342 46 54,246 44 67,636 39 81,840 42 83,134 39 127,016 9
Nebraska 67,374 13 69,374 12 71,318 30 94,592 10 88,380 27 123,039 14
Nevada 56,550 32 58,614 33 65,678 45 88,142 25 108,255 1 137,700 1
New Hampshire 56,394 34 58,376 34 65,052 46 78,197 46 75,793 46 111,850 32
New Jersey 61,138 23 67,060 16 76,181 9 83,233 37 84,043 36 118,241 25
New Mexico 63,732 19 61,186 25 67,278 41 98,606 4 90,790 17 134,347 3
New York 68,822 10 74,144 6 76,707 7 80,671 43 72,880 50 107,214 46
North Carolina 53,762 42 54,918 41 79,498 1 91,101 14 88,735 25 121,200 17
North Dakota 58,824 27 60,694 27 69,351 37 94,602 9 83,348 38 130,896 5
Ohio 73,767 4 75,136 4 76,765 6 90,837 15 97,421 9 123,518 13
Oklahoma 52,534 44 55,470 40 76,674 8 109,381 1 104,782 3 135,745 2
Oregon 68,082 11 70,812 11 70,245 36 88,611 24 90,616 19 114,550 29
Pennsylvania 69,289 9 69,258 13 72,598 24 90,629 16 83,897 37 110,113 37
Rhode Island 73,613 5 77,996 1 78,361 4 84,995 33 92,379 14 122,270 16
South Carolina 55,650 37 58,120 35 66,612 43 86,109 30 90,273 22 109,093 41
South Dakota 50,877 49 51,617 48 73,964 17 87,961 27 84,112 35 122,938 15
Tennessee 57,447 30 58,829 32 71,483 28 94,091 11 94,727 12 112,308 31
Texas 59,782 26 60,518 29 76,083 10 86,155 29 90,301 21 117,534 26
Utah 55,896 36 63,803 20 66,425 44 78,922 45 87,451 28 111,233 35
Vermont 58,497 28 61,183 26 64,927 47 73,637 48 73,065 48 117,381 27
Virginia 66,960 14 0 50 78,648 3 90,010 21 92,063 15 106,871 47
Washington 67,583 12 70,867 10 71,208 32 82,232 41 80,886 41 118,902 24
West Virginia 54,340 39 56,005 39 72,778 22 95,017 8 97,600 8 120,264 21
Wisconsin 61,991 20 63,798 21 73,819 18 86,398 28 84,233 34 128,662 7
Wyoming 63,804 18 66,519 17 67,435 40 84,914 34 85,119 33 126,444 10

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