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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.

2021 Teacher Pay

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

State Elementary
School Teacher
Secondary
School Teacher
Accountant
and Auditor
Civil
Engineer
Occupational
Therapist
Physician
Assistant
  Salary Rank Salary Rank Salary Rank Salary Rank Salary Rank Salary Rank
United States $61,400   $61,820   $77,250   $88,050   $85,570   $121,530  
Alabama 56,327 35.0 65,297 22.0 69,653 29.0 94,446 10.0 93,360 13.0 107,480 43.0
Alaska 74,874 4.0 75,136 8.0 75,048 19.0 96,202 8.0 96,260 7.0 124,990 19.0
Arizona $48,396 50.0 $49,728 50.0 $76,751 12.0 $79,405 43.0 $81,423 43.0 $126,004 16.0
Arkansas 53,913 40.0 54,540 37.0 69,249 32.0 86,951 25.0 87,029 26.0 53,879 50.0
California 72,482 8.0 87,310 2.0 72,953 25.0 91,694 13.0 91,042 17.0 118,288 29.0
Colorado 58,348 33.0 58,960 34.0 76,259 14.0 92,614 12.0 92,925 14.0 118,299 28.0
Connecticut 76,518 1.0 75,532 5.0 76,190 15.0 76,954 48.0 92,795 15.0 126,315 15.0
Delaware 64,893 20.0 74,157 10.0 80,449 4.0 101,767 1.0 91,767 16.0 123,330 22.0
Florida 60,248 31.0 60,516 32.0 63,198 49.0 78,659 44.0 81,212 44.0 100,973 46.0
Georgia 64,582 21.0 65,228 23.0 79,048 6.0 77,249 46.0 83,852 38.0 106,921 44.0
Hawaii 56,348 34.0 55,411 36.0 56,268 50.0 70,696 50.0 83,911 36.0 78,464 48.0
Idaho 53,717 42.0 54,331 40.0 68,805 34.0 87,040 24.0 85,724 29.0 138,103 4.0
Illinois 61,373 29.0 61,373 30.0 75,025 20.0 95,105 9.0 80,378 45.0 120,498 26.0
Indiana 52,292 48.0 52,908 46.0 69,492 31.0 84,584 35.0 85,049 32.0 129,503 12.0
Iowa 65,308 18.0 65,736 17.0 68,956 33.0 88,319 22.0 85,769 28.0 134,758 7.0
Kansas 54,253 38.0 54,275 41.0 68,160 39.0 85,411 31.0 90,649 18.0 109,903 38.0
Kentucky 65,991 13.0 66,860 15.0 69,566 30.0 88,731 20.0 87,428 24.0 110,813 37.0
Louisiana 52,481 45.0 53,625 44.0 67,692 42.0 97,541 2.0 103,118 2.0 109,213 40.0
Maine 62,118 27.0 61,953 28.0 65,888 47.0 96,570 6.0 79,267 46.0 125,486 17.0
Maryland 71,634 9.0 72,639 12.0 73,286 24.0 77,136 47.0 75,869 50.0 93,784 47.0
Massachusetts 73,669 6.0 73,669 11.0 75,335 17.0 90,698 15.0 89,264 22.0 121,006 25.0
Michigan 65,575 16.0 64,872 24.0 76,702 13.0 82,394 41.0 82,713 40.0 111,500 36.0
Minnesota 63,022 25.0 62,089 27.0 77,536 11.0 97,485 4.0 79,016 47.0 129,686 11.0
Mississippi 53,850 41.0 53,929 43.0 68,702 35.0 90,524 16.0 93,622 12.0 73,212 49.0
Missouri 51,838 49.0 51,146 49.0 67,373 45.0 84,519 36.0 84,800 33.0 107,578 42.0
Montana 53,550 43.0 52,652 47.0 70,887 27.0 82,955 40.0 85,422 31.0 138,734 3.0
Nebraska 65,339 17.0 65,554 20.0 67,546 44.0 85,522 29.0 84,413 34.0 111,765 35.0
Nevada 62,410 26.0 65,633 19.0 63,769 48.0 92,750 11.0 102,513 3.0 133,955 8.0
New Hampshire 59,036 32.0 59,614 33.0 73,549 23.0 76,606 49.0 76,278 49.0 123,616 21.0
New Jersey 66,466 12.0 70,207 14.0 86,007 2.0 89,281 17.0 89,335 21.0 116,124 33.0
New Mexico 65,699 15.0 65,666 18.0 68,210 38.0 96,463 7.0 97,282 6.0 139,913 1.0
New York 71,615 10.0 88,330 1.0 88,603 1.0 88,956 19.0 83,866 37.0 117,005 31.0
North Carolina 52,429 46.0 53,017 45.0 83,911 3.0 86,013 27.0 85,915 27.0 116,917 32.0
North Dakota 54,087 39.0 54,054 42.0 67,739 41.0 85,044 32.0 82,359 42.0 136,120 6.0
Ohio 70,240 11.0 82,148 3.0 75,900 16.0 86,260 26.0 87,252 25.0 111,788 34.0
Oklahoma 52,738 44.0 54,469 38.0 78,116 8.0 90,800 14.0 98,938 5.0 139,365 2.0
Oregon 74,493 5.0 74,162 9.0 73,957 22.0 88,655 21.0 93,694 11.0 124,454 20.0
Pennsylvania 76,393 2.0 78,166 4.0 75,297 18.0 85,441 30.0 88,033 23.0 106,045 45.0
Rhode Island 75,521 3.0 75,521 6.0 78,477 7.0 97,525 3.0 94,175 10.0 125,432 18.0
South Carolina 63,275 22.0 63,876 25.0 67,576 43.0 84,935 34.0 103,690 1.0 108,646 41.0
South Dakota 52,415 47.0 52,568 48.0 68,579 36.0 85,027 33.0 82,590 41.0 132,251 9.0
Tennessee 54,371 37.0 54,371 39.0 67,983 40.0 88,308 23.0 100,130 4.0 109,620 39.0
Texas 61,206 30.0 61,367 31.0 78,030 9.0 79,538 42.0 96,070 8.0 121,347 24.0
Utah 63,211 23.0 63,809 26.0 66,674 46.0 83,043 39.0 85,656 30.0 126,978 14.0
Vermont 61,652 28.0 61,561 29.0 70,020 28.0 78,107 45.0 78,298 48.0 128,137 13.0
Virginia 63,040 24.0 72,386 13.0 78,000 10.0 83,960 37.0 95,525 9.0 119,792 27.0
Washington 73,352 7.0 75,177 7.0 74,190 21.0 88,994 18.0 90,428 19.0 121,397 23.0
West Virginia 54,875 36.0 56,648 35.0 71,568 26.0 97,000 5.0 89,966 20.0 117,693 30.0
Wisconsin 65,129 19.0 65,343 21.0 80,225 5.0 83,831 38.0 83,230 39.0 130,333 10.0
Wyoming 65,710 14.0 65,981 16.0 68,234 37.0 86,002 28.0 84,106 35.0 136,631 5.0

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Education Data Profile

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