Colorado starting teachers averaged $33,483 in 2018, 6th lowest in U.S.

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Published Sunday, October 20, 2019

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A beginning teacher's salary in Colorado averaged $33,483 for the 2017-2018 school year, the sixth lowest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed by the National Education Association (NEA).

Nationwide, the average starting teacher's salary last year stood at $39,249, the NEA reported. In inflation-adjusted dollars, starting teachers' pay has dipped 2.9 percent over the past decade, according to the analysis.

In addition, more than six out of every 10 school districts nationwide offer starting teacher salaries that are under $40,000, the NEA said. And first-year teachers in 300 public school districts receive annual pay of below $30,000, according to the study.

The NEA also pointed to a recent Economic Policy Institute report that concludes teachers are paid more than 21 percent less than other professionals with similar education and experience.

Average Starting Teacher Salaries by State

Rank

State

Average Starting Salary

1

District of Columbia

$55,209

2

New Jersey

$51,443

3

California

$46,992

4

Alaska

$46,954

5

Hawaii

$46,790

6

Connecticut

$45,922

7

New York

$45,589

8

Massachusetts

$45,498

9

Wyoming

$45,241

10

Maryland

$45,147

11

Pennsylvania

$44,647

12

Washington

$42,240

13

Rhode Island

$41,689

14

Delaware

$41,639

15

Texas

$41,481

16

Virginia

$40,453

17

Louisiana

$40,303

18

Illinois

$39,236

19

Nevada

$39,054

20

North Dakota

$38,611

21

Minnesota

$38,529

22

Utah

$38,499

23

Vermont

$38,499

24

Alabama

$38,491

25

Wisconsin

$38,181

26

South Dakota

$38,098

27

Florida

$37,636

28

North Carolina

$37,631

29

New Hampshire

$37,395

30

Tennessee

$37,305

31

Iowa

$37,048

32

Kentucky

$36,752

33

Michigan

$36,599

34

New Mexico

$36,405

35

Oregon

$36,319

36

Indiana

$35,943

37

Ohio

$35,923

38

Kansas

$35,769

39

Georgia

$35,474

40

Idaho

$34,801

41

Maine

$34,788

42

Mississippi

$34,784

43

Arizona

$34,473

44

Nebraska

$34,465

45

West Virginia

$33,715

46

Colorado

$33,483

47

Arkansas

$33,323

48

South Carolina

$33,148

49

Missouri

$32,226

50

Oklahoma

$32,010

51

Montana

$31,418

Source: National Education Association

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