Texas Ranked 23rd Nationally in Teacher Pay

April 02, 2019 • Zach DiSchiano

Texas ranked 23rd nationally in teacher pay

A new report from the Rockefeller Institute of Government (RIG) found Texas is about as average as it gets when it comes to teacher pay, ranking 23rd out of the country’s 50 states.

The Lone Star State pays teachers a median salary of $57,679, about $22,000 short of first-place New York and roughly $15,000 more than last-place South Dakota. The report, conducted every five years, pulls data from the 2017 calendar year.

The No. 23 ranking is the best Texas has placed in the new millennium, after ranking No. 29 in 2012 and 2007 and No. 26 in 2002.

The five highest paying states in 2017 were:

  • New York—$79,588
  • Alaska—$78,670
  • Connecticut—$77,717
  • California— $73,137
  • Massachusetts—$72,314

The five lowest paying states were:

  • South Dakota—$42,450
  • Oklahoma—$43,192
  • Arizona—$45,032
  • West Virginia—$45,238
  • North Carolina—$46,801

To read more about the report and view the interactive salary map, check out the RIG website.


Zach DiSchiano is the communications specialist at TASB HR Services. He can be reached at zachary.dischiano@tasb.org.

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