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Advice to teachers: Move to Alaska or New York

Staff Writer |
Teachers in states like Alaska and New York are being paid on average almost double the salaries of their peers in Mississippi and Oklahoma, according to a study by GOBankingRates.

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The study utilized the Bureau of Labor Statistics latest data, compiling average elementary, middle and high school teacher salaries by state.

"While no one enters the teaching industry for the money, our study findings reveal some rather large income discrepancies depending on where in the country teachers live," said Kristen Bonner, lead researcher on the study.

"For those in the education industry who might be considering a relocation, a state's job opportunity and competition ratings are also important factors to keep in mind."

The 10 states where teachers get paid the most:

Alaska: $77,843
New York: $76,593
Connecticut: $75,867
California: $72,050
Massachusetts: $71,587
New Jersey: $70,700
Rhode Island: $67,533
Maryland: $65,257
Illinois: $65,153
Virginia: $63,493

The 10 states where teachers get paid the least:

Mississippi: $42,043
Oklahoma: $42,647
South Dakota: $43,200
North Carolina: $43,587
Arizona: $43,800
West Virginia: $45,477
Arkansas: $47,053
Idaho: $47,063
Kansas: $47,127
Louisiana: $48,587.

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