NC Teacher’s Income Rising Faster Than Any Other State

2015

teacher pay increasesThe most recent teacher pay rankings for all 50 states now shows North Carolina at the top…at least for teacher pay increase (we are still 41st in amount paid to teachers).

The National Education Association data shows that North Carolina has moved up six spots in the rankings of average teacher salaries since the 2013-2014 school year (from 47th to 41st), the single-biggest improvement of any state in the country. North Carolina has also seen the largest average gains in teacher pay in the country over that same time period, according to the data.

During the 2015-2016 school year, North Carolina’s average teacher salary of $47,985 ranked 41st in the nation. When the data is adjusted for cost-of-living, North Carolina actually ranks 33rd in the nation for teacher pay, according to the John Locke Foundation.

From 2002 to 2013, under the leadership of Mike Easley and Beverly Perdue our state’s teacher pay rate dropped dramatically, from 19th in the nation, way down to 47th. Although Governor McCrory has angered many residents by supporting the i77  toll roads and the HB2 bill, he’s certainly doing well on the teacher pay front (although we still have a long way to go).

Here are the most recent NEA figures;

National Average Teacher Pay

2015-16 Av. Pay 2015-16 Rank 2013-14 Av. Pay 2013-14 Rank Ranking Improvement Av. Pay Increase (%)
Alabama 49,781 35 48,720 35 0 2.2%
Alaska 67,443 7 65,891 7 0 2.4%
Arizona 45,477 47 45,335 45 -2 0.3%
Arkansas 48,220 40 47,319 41 1 1.9%
California 72,842 4 71,396 4 0 2.0%
Colorado 50,039 34 49,615 31 -3 0.9%
Connecticut 72,013 5 70,583 5 0 2.0%
Delaware 59,085 14 59,305 13 -1 -0.4%
District of Columbia 75,810 3 73,162 3 0 3.6%
Florida 49,199 36 47,780 39 3 3.0%
Georgia 54,190 24 52,924 24 0 2.4%
Hawaii 57,431 18 56,291 17 -1 2.0%
Idaho 45,409 48 44,465 49 1 2.1%
Illinois 61,342 12 60,124 12 0 2.0%
Indiana 50,715 31 50,289 27 -4 0.8%
Iowa 54,416 23 52,032 25 2 4.6%
Kansas 49,197 37 48,221 38 1 2.0%
Kentucky 51,666 27 50,560 26 -1 2.2%
Louisiana 46,733 44 49,067 34 -10 -4.8%
Maine 50,229 33 49,232 33 0 2.0%
Maryland 66,482 8 64,546 9 1 3.0%
Massachusetts 76,981 2 73,195 2 0 5.2%
Michigan 63,878 11 62,166 11 0 2.8%
Minnesota 56,910 20 54,752 21 1 3.9%
Mississippi 42,744 50 42,187 50 0 1.3%
Missouri 47,849 42 46,750 42 0 2.4%
Montana 51,215 29 49,893 28 -1 2.6%
Nebraska 51,364 28 49,539 32 4 3.7%
Nevada 56,943 19 55,813 20 1 2.0%
New Hampshire 58,802 16 57,057 15 -1 3.1%
New Jersey 69,330 6 68,238 6 0 1.6%
New Mexico 47,163 43 45,727 43 0 3.1%
New York 77,957 1 76,409 1 0 2.0%
North Carolina 47,985 41 44,990 47 6 6.7%
North Dakota 50,237 32 48,666 36 4 3.2%
Ohio 56,410 21 55,913 19 -2 0.9%
Oklahoma 44,921 49 44,549 48 -1 0.8%
Oregon 60,064 13 58,638 14 1 2.4%
Pennsylvania 64,991 10 63,701 10 0 2.0%
Rhode Island 66,197 9 64,696 8 -1 2.3%
South Carolina 48,542 39 48,430 37 -2 0.2%
South Dakota 42,025 51 40,023 51 0 5.0%
Tennessee 48,708 38 47,742 40 2 2.0%
Texas 51,758 26 49,690 30 4 4.2%
Utah 46,042 45 45,695 44 -1 0.8%
Vermont 58,901 15 55,958 18 3 5.3%
Virginia 50,834 30 49,826 29 -1 2.0%
Washington 52,539 25 52,969 23 -2 -0.8%
West Virginia 45,977 46 45,086 46 0 2.0%
Wisconsin 54,766 22 53,679 22 0 2.0%
Wyoming 57,761 17 56,583 16 -1 2.1%

 

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