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April 18, 2006

What is the best state in the U.S. for teachers in terms of pay? And how does that compare to the average worker?

Political Calculations latest ranking table seeks to help you find the answer to these questions, along with how your home state might compare with others, and even goes so far as to show how the average teacher's pay compares to that of the average worker in a given state! The data is taken from the most recent data released by the American Federation of Teachers (available as a 480KB PDF document).

The data below is presented in a dynamic table format, which means that you can sort the data from low to high, or high to low by clicking the column headings. Go ahead – you know you want to see who comes out on top!

2003 Average Teachers', Workers' Earnings
State 2003 Average Teachers' Earnings 2003 Average Workers' Earnings Ratio of Teachers' to Workers' Earnings (%)
Alabama 38,282 31,567 121
Alaska 51,136 36,504 140
Arizona 42,624 34,602 123
Arkansas 39,226 28,494 138
California 56,444 41,864 135
Colorado 43,318 38,891 111
Connecticut 56,516 48,935 115
Delaware 51,122 40,884 125
Dist. of Columbia 62,909 57,914 109
Florida 40,598 32,915 123
Georgia 45,848 36,863 124
Hawaii 45,456 31,974 142
Idaho 40,111 28,272 142
Illinois 53,820 40,574 133
Indiana 45,791 33,395 137
Iowa 38,381 30,220 127
Kansas 38,622 31,794 121
Kentucky 39,831 31,658 126
Louisiana 37,123 30,615 121
Maine 39,864 30,229 132
Maryland 50,303 39,155 128
Massachusetts 53,274 46,569 114
Michigan 54,474 39,484 138
Minnesota 45,010 38,693 116
Mississippi 36,217 27,138 133
Missouri 38,247 33,944 113
Montana 37,184 25,659 145
Nebraska 39,635 29,924 132
Nevada 43,211 34,320 126
New Hampshire 42,689 37,685 113
New Jersey 53,663 45,981 117
New Mexico 38,469 28,941 133
New York 55,181 47,902 115
North Carolina 43,211 33,313 130
North Dakota 35,411 27,197 130
Ohio 47,791 34,607 138
Oklahoma 35,061 29,264 120
Oregon 47,829 33,819 141
Pennsylvania 52,640 36,483 144
Rhode Island 54,809 34,865 157
South Carolina 41,162 30,241 136
South Dakota 33,236 26,751 124
Tennessee 40,318 33,495 120
Texas 40,476 37,442 108
Utah 38,976 30,522 128
Vermont 43,009 31,572 136
Virginia 43,936 38,142 115
Washington 45,437 38,673 117
West Virginia 38,496 28,359 136
Wisconsin 41,687 32,998 126
Wyoming 39,537 29,148 136
U.S. Average 46,597 37,765 123

All data in the table above, with the exception of the average worker's earnings for the District of Columbia, are taken from the American Federation of Teachers' salary survey report. The average District of Columbia worker’s earnings were taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data for 2002.

All in all, not bad for a profession that typically only works some 180 days of the year, compared to 260 days for a typical full-time worker!

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