Biden Calls for Teacher Pay Increase; Teacher Pay in Blue States are Higher

Biden Calls for Teacher Pay Increase; Teacher Pay in Blue States are Higher

Biden Calls for Teacher Pay Increase; Teacher Pay in Blue States are Higher 1328 1782 Kim Beck

FACT! 

In his SOTU address, Biden called for an increase in teacher salaries. Here are some facts about teacher pay:

  • Average teacher salary has declined by 6.4% ($3,644) over the last decade (adjusted for inflation)
  • Teachers make about 33 percent less than other college-educated professionals in the US 
  • 34 states have starting teacher salaries below $40,000 a year 
  • In 30 states the average teacher salary is below the state’s living wage 
  • 40% of full-time K-12 education support professionals earn less than $25,000 annually
  • Top 5 states with highest average salary are in BLUE states, bottom 5 with lowest average salary are in RED states!

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Sources: World Population ReviewNational Education AssociationEducation Resource Strategies