2017-2018 pay for starting teachers in Indiana averaged $35,943


A beginning teacher’s salary in Indiana averaged $35,943 for the 2017-2018 school year, the 36th highest 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.

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Average Starting Teacher Salaries by State

RankStateAverage Starting Salary
1District of Columbia$55,209
2New Jersey$51,443
3California$46,992
4Alaska$46,954
5Hawaii$46,790
6Connecticut$45,922
7New York$45,589
8Massachusetts$45,498
9Wyoming$45,241
10Maryland$45,147
11Pennsylvania$44,647
12Washington$42,240
13Rhode Island$41,689
14Delaware$41,639
15Texas$41,481
16Virginia$40,453
17Louisiana$40,303
18Illinois$39,236
19Nevada$39,054
20North Dakota$38,611
21Minnesota$38,529
22Utah$38,499
23Vermont$38,499
24Alabama$38,491
25Wisconsin$38,181
26South Dakota$38,098
27Florida$37,636
28North Carolina$37,631
29New Hampshire$37,395
30Tennessee$37,305
31Iowa$37,048
32Kentucky$36,752
33Michigan$36,599
34New Mexico$36,405
35Oregon$36,319
36Indiana$35,943
37Ohio$35,923
38Kansas$35,769
39Georgia$35,474
40Idaho$34,801
41Maine$34,788
42Mississippi$34,784
43Arizona$34,473
44Nebraska$34,465
45West Virginia$33,715
46Colorado$33,483
47Arkansas$33,323
48South Carolina$33,148
49Missouri$32,226
50Oklahoma$32,010
51Montana$31,418
Source: National Education Association

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