Here’s How Much Teachers Make in Every State

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The people who teach our children and have them in their charge every school day have a huge responsibility. That's standard across the United States. But is the pay for teachers standard?

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The average pay for a preschool teacher in the United States is $36,460. For a kindergarten teacher, the salary is higher at $64,490 a year, with a high school teacher earning an average of $69,530. Pay for elementary and middle school teachers falls somewhere between those two at $67,080 and $66,880, respectively.

But do teachers in your state earn about the average? There's a wide spread in teacher pay across the nation, and you might be surprised where your children's teachers fall on the scale.

To find out what teachers can expect to earn in every state and the District of Columbia, GOBankingRates used May 2021 salary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) across all five education levels.

Keep reading to find out the average annual salary for a teacher in your state.

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How Much Teachers Make in Alabama

  • Preschool teacher: $25,180

  • Kindergarten teacher: $49,100

  • Elementary school teacher: $53,110

  • Middle school teacher: $54,870

  • High school teacher: $54,630

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How Much Teachers Make in Alaska

  • Preschool teacher: $38,280

  • Kindergarten teacher: $68,830

  • Elementary school teacher: $71,790

  • Middle school teacher: $75,290

  • High school teacher: $73,730

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How Much Teachers Make in Arizona

  • Preschool teacher: $32,930

  • Kindergarten teacher: $50,830

  • Elementary school teacher: $51,150

  • Middle school teacher: $50,580

  • High school teacher: $55,180

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How Much Teachers Make in Arkansas

  • Preschool teacher: $32,130

  • Kindergarten teacher: $50,650

  • Elementary school teacher: $50,250

  • Middle school teacher: $52,650

  • High school teacher: $53,570

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How Much Teachers Make in California

  • Preschool teacher: $42,210

  • Kindergarten teacher: $85,760

  • Elementary school teacher: $86,470

  • Middle school teacher: $92,350

  • High school teacher: $94,600

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How Much Teachers Make in Colorado

  • Preschool teacher: $37,750

  • Kindergarten teacher: $57,870

  • Elementary school teacher: $59,270

  • Middle school teacher: $59,580

  • High school teacher: $61,970

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How Much Teachers Make in Connecticut

  • Preschool teacher: $36,980

  • Kindergarten teacher: $80,410

  • Elementary school teacher: $82,140

  • Middle school teacher: $82,790

  • High school teacher: $79,530

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How Much Teachers Make in Delaware

  • Preschool teacher: $29,150

  • Kindergarten teacher: $57,270

  • Elementary school teacher: $64,410

  • Middle school teacher: $66,780

  • High school teacher: $68,780

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How Much Teachers Make in the District of Columbia

  • Preschool teacher: $55,960

  • Kindergarten teacher: $59,870

  • Elementary school teacher: $78,010

  • Middle school teacher: $74,510

  • High school teacher: $77,760

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How Much Teachers Make in Florida

  • Preschool teacher: $29,890

  • Kindergarten teacher: $59,040

  • Elementary school teacher: $61,510

  • Middle school teacher: $60,280

  • High school teacher: $64,120

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How Much Teachers Make in Georgia

  • Preschool teacher: $38,140

  • Kindergarten teacher: $65,210

  • Elementary school teacher: $63,930

  • Middle school teacher: $64,460

  • High school teacher: $69,430

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How Much Teachers Make in Hawaii

  • Preschool teacher: $40,480

  • Kindergarten teacher: $55,890

  • Elementary school teacher: $64,240

  • Middle school teacher: $63,100

  • High school teacher: $64,880

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How Much Teachers Make in Idaho

  • Preschool teacher: $27,460

  • Kindergarten teacher: $44,550

  • Elementary school teacher: $51,120

  • Middle school teacher: $50,280

  • High school teacher: $53,820

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How Much Teachers Make in Illinois

  • Preschool teacher: $35,840

  • Kindergarten teacher: $65,790

  • Elementary school teacher: $67,810

  • Middle school teacher: $67,170

  • High school teacher: $71,690

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How Much Teachers Make in Indiana

  • Preschool teacher: $30,860

  • Kindergarten teacher: $52,570

  • Elementary school teacher: $53,100

  • Middle school teacher: $55,510

  • High school teacher: $55,250

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How Much Teachers Make in Iowa

  • Preschool teacher: $32,450

  • Kindergarten teacher: $51,420

  • Elementary school teacher: $55,470

  • Middle school teacher: $57,940

  • High school teacher: $57,890

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How Much Teachers Make in Kansas

  • Preschool teacher: $40,590

  • Kindergarten teacher: $56,630

  • Elementary school teacher: $56,060

  • Middle school teacher: $59,630

  • High school teacher: $56,320

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How Much Teachers Make in Kentucky

  • Preschool teacher: $40,120

  • Kindergarten teacher: $54,050

  • Elementary school teacher: $55,020

  • Middle school teacher: $55,650

  • High school teacher: $57,300

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How Much Teachers Make in Louisiana

  • Preschool teacher: $31,290

  • Kindergarten teacher: $44,360

  • Elementary school teacher: $51,450

  • Middle school teacher: $52,170

  • High school teacher: $53,950

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How Much Teachers Make in Maine

  • Preschool teacher: $37,580

  • Kindergarten teacher: $52,910

  • Elementary school teacher: $57,940

  • Middle school teacher: $59,760

  • High school teacher: $57,520

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How Much Teachers Make in Maryland

  • Preschool teacher: $41,070

  • Kindergarten teacher: $67,390

  • Elementary school teacher: $71,790

  • Middle school teacher: $73,480

  • High school teacher: $75,840

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How Much Teachers Make in Massachusetts

  • Preschool teacher: $43,710

  • Kindergarten teacher: $85,470

  • Elementary school teacher: $83,790

  • Middle school teacher: $85,740

  • High school teacher: $85,360

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How Much Teachers Make in Michigan

  • Preschool teacher: $35,950

  • Kindergarten teacher: $59,910

  • Elementary school teacher: $65,760

  • Middle school teacher: $62,910

  • High school teacher: $63,120

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How Much Teachers Make in Minnesota

  • Preschool teacher: $37,870

  • Kindergarten teacher: $64,290

  • Elementary school teacher: $67,300

  • Middle school teacher: $65,630

  • High school teacher: $63,970

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How Much Teachers Make in Mississippi

  • Preschool teacher: $26,860

  • Kindergarten teacher: $46,610

  • Elementary school teacher: $45,760

  • Middle school teacher: $46,880

  • High school teacher: $48,030

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How Much Teachers Make in Missouri

  • Preschool teacher: $36,480

  • Kindergarten teacher: $54,860

  • Elementary school teacher: $54,010

  • Middle school teacher: $57,560

  • High school teacher: $48,900

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How Much Teachers Make in Montana

  • Preschool teacher: $31,640

  • Kindergarten teacher: $46,020

  • Elementary school teacher: $54,970

  • Middle school teacher: $57,560

  • High school teacher: $53,660

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How Much Teachers Make in Nebraska

  • Preschool teacher: $42,190

  • Kindergarten teacher: $64,630

  • Elementary school teacher: $61,510

  • Middle school teacher: $64,030

  • High school teacher: $63,370

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How Much Teachers Make in Nevada

  • Preschool teacher: $33,540

  • Kindergarten teacher: $57,940

  • Elementary school teacher: $59,230

  • Middle school teacher: $62,880

  • High school teacher: $61,820

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How Much Teachers Make in New Hampshire

  • Preschool teacher: $33,210

  • Kindergarten teacher: $62,140

  • Elementary school teacher: $61,580

  • Middle school teacher: $62,900

  • High school teacher: $65,770

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How Much Teachers Make in New Jersey

  • Preschool teacher: $44,810

  • Kindergarten teacher: $72,170

  • Elementary school teacher: $73,120

  • Middle school teacher: $74,390

  • High school teacher: $79,260

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How Much Teachers Make in New Mexico

  • Preschool teacher: $31,930

  • Kindergarten teacher: $54,060

  • Elementary school teacher: $58,720

  • Middle school teacher: $59,750

  • High school teacher: $60,770

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How Much Teachers Make in New York

  • Preschool teacher: $43,880

  • Kindergarten teacher: $84,530

  • Elementary school teacher: $87,700

  • Middle school teacher: $94,690

  • High school teacher: $92,660

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How Much Teachers Make in North Carolina

  • Preschool teacher: $29,530

  • Kindergarten teacher: $48,770

  • Elementary school teacher: $50,530

  • Middle school teacher: $50,630

  • High school teacher: $52,280

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How Much Teachers Make in North Dakota

  • Preschool teacher: $34,640

  • Kindergarten teacher: $55,480

  • Elementary school teacher: $55,940

  • Middle school teacher: $59,750

  • High school teacher: $56,090

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How Much Teachers Make in Ohio

  • Preschool teacher: $32,020

  • Kindergarten teacher: $60,600

  • Elementary school teacher: $67,850

  • Middle school teacher: $67,190

  • High school teacher: $71,180

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How Much Teachers Make in Oklahoma

  • Preschool teacher: $34,730

  • Kindergarten teacher: $53,820

  • Elementary school teacher: $52,950

  • Middle school teacher: $54,220

  • High school teacher: $55,950

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How Much Teachers Make in Oregon

  • Preschool teacher: $36,040

  • Kindergarten teacher: $77,920

  • Elementary school teacher: $73,860

  • Middle school teacher: $75,570

  • High school teacher: $76,090

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How Much Teachers Make in Pennsylvania

  • Preschool teacher: $32,430

  • Kindergarten teacher: $68,250

  • Elementary school teacher: $70,200

  • Middle school teacher: $68,850

  • High school teacher: $73,800

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How Much Teachers Make in Rhode Island

  • Preschool teacher: $35,150

  • Kindergarten teacher: $77,220

  • Elementary school teacher: $72,510

  • Middle school teacher: $73,210

  • High school teacher: $72,270

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How Much Teachers Make in South Carolina

  • Preschool teacher: $29,900

  • Kindergarten teacher: $50,970

  • Elementary school teacher: $55,210

  • Middle school teacher: $56,350

  • High school teacher: $56,120

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How Much Teachers Make in South Dakota

  • Preschool teacher: $32,040

  • Kindergarten teacher: $$46,520

  • Elementary school teacher: $47,670

  • Middle school teacher: $48,230

  • High school teacher: $48,620

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How Much Teachers Make in Tennessee

  • Preschool teacher: $32,680

  • Kindergarten teacher: $50,490

  • Elementary school teacher: $54,290

  • Middle school teacher: $54,000

  • High school teacher: $56,260

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How Much Teachers Make in Texas

  • Preschool teacher: $36,760

  • Kindergarten teacher: $59,270

  • Elementary school teacher: $59,210

  • Middle school teacher: $59,080

  • High school teacher: $60,470

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How Much Teachers Make in Utah

  • Preschool teacher: $32,070

  • Kindergarten teacher: $58,370

  • Elementary school teacher: $60,300

  • Middle school teacher: $64,520

  • High school teacher: $64,350

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How Much Teachers Make in Vermont

  • Preschool teacher: $39,190

  • Kindergarten teacher: $56,360

  • Elementary school teacher: $63,520

  • Middle school teacher: $59,640

  • High school teacher: $64,920

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How Much Teachers Make in Virginia

  • Preschool teacher: $37,040

  • Kindergarten teacher: $66,100

  • Elementary school teacher: $74,920

  • Middle school teacher: $75,760

  • High school teacher: $76,430

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How Much Teachers Make in Washington

  • Preschool teacher: $32,050

  • Kindergarten teacher: $77,860

  • Elementary school teacher: $83,010

  • Middle school teacher: $83,460

  • High school teacher: $85,260

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How Much Teachers Make in West Virginia

  • Preschool teacher: $31,470

  • Kindergarten teacher: $52,010

  • Elementary school teacher: $50,130

  • Middle school teacher: $50,190

  • High school teacher: $53,540

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How Much Teachers Make in Wisconsin

  • Preschool teacher: $30,260

  • Kindergarten teacher: $56,670

  • Elementary school teacher: $60,080

  • Middle school teacher: $58,450

  • High school teacher: $61,440

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How Much Teachers Make in Wyoming

  • Preschool teacher: $30,260

  • Kindergarten teacher: $60,900

  • Elementary school teacher: $61,100

  • Middle school teacher: $64,210

  • High school teacher: $63,820

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Methodology: GOBankingRates analyzed the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics' May 2021 data on employment and wages by state to find the average annual wage for (1) preschool, (2) elementary school, (3) middle school and (4) high school teachers in every state. All data was collected on and up to date as of July 21, 2022.

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