2019-20 Salaries For Teachers In California Averaged $84,531, 2nd Highest In U.S.

Teacher pay in California averaged $84,531 for the 2019-2020 school year, the second highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data released last month by the National Education Association (NEA).

The average teacher salary in California in 2019-20 was 2.16 percent more than it was the previous year, the NEA data shows. In 2018-19, public school teacher salaries in the state averaged $82,746. 

Nationwide, the average public school teacher’s pay during the 2019-20 school year stood at $64,133, the NEA reported. And the U.S. average increase in teacher pay between 2018-19 and 2019-20 was 2.9 percent, the study found.

For the current school year, the NEA projects that the average public school teacher salary will rise by an additional 1.5 percent, to $65,090.

Average Teacher Salaries by State, 2019-20

State 2018-19 Salary 2019-20 Salary 2019-20 Salary Rank Change From 2018-19 to 2019-20 (% in Dollars)
New York $85,479 $87,069 1 1.86%
California $82,746 $84,531 2 2.16%
Massachusetts $82,313 $84,290 3 2.40%
District of Columbia $78,477 $79,350 4 1.11%
Connecticut $76,465 $78,427 5 2.57%
Washington $73,049 $76,743 6 5.06%
New Jersey $74,760 $76,376 7 2.16%
Rhode Island $74,389 $75,336 8 1.27%
Maryland $70,463 $73,444 9 4.23%
Alaska $70,277 $72,010 10 2.47%
Pennsylvania $68,930 $70,339 11 2.04%
Illinois $67,049 $68,083 12 1.54%
Oregon $65,125 $67,685 13 3.93%
Hawaii $63,201 $65,409 14 3.49%
Delaware $63,662 $64,853 15 1.87%
Michigan $62,170 $63,568 16 2.25%
Ohio $59,713 $61,406 17 2.84%
Vermont $60,672 $61,108 18 0.72%
Georgia $57,095 $60,578 19 6.10%
Wyoming $58,861 $59,786 20 1.57%
New Hampshire $59,198 $59,622 21 0.72%
Wisconsin $58,277 $59,431 22 1.98%
Minnesota $58,221 $58,663 23 0.76%
Iowa $57,489 $58,184 24 1.21%
Colorado $54,935 $57,706 25 5.04%
Virginia $54,986 $57,665 26 4.87%
Texas $54,121 $57,090 27 5.49%
Nevada $55,950 $56,672 28 1.29%
Maine $54,048 $55,276 29 2.27%
Nebraska $54,470 $55,267 30 1.46%
Utah $51,858 $54,678 31 5.44%
New Mexico $47,826 $54,256 32 13.44%
North Carolina $53,940 $54,150 33 0.39%
Oklahoma $52,397 $54,096 34 3.24%
Alabama $52,009 $54,095 35 4.01%
Kentucky $53,434 $53,907 36 0.89%
North Dakota $52,845 $53,525 37 1.29%
South Carolina $50,882 $53,329 38 4.81%
Idaho $50,755 $52,875 39 4.18%
Montana $50,721 $52,135 40 2.79%
Tennessee $51,349 $51,862 41 1.00%
Indiana $51,119 $51,745 42 1.22%
Louisiana $50,288 $51,566 43 2.54%
Kansas $51,082 $51,320 44 0.47%
Missouri $50,019 $50,817 45 1.60%
Arizona $50,353 $50,782 46 0.85%
Arkansas $49,438 $50,456 47 2.06%
West Virginia $47,681 $50,238 48 5.36%
Florida $48,314 $49,102 49 1.63%
South Dakota $48,204 $48,984 50 1.62%
Mississippi $45,105 $46,843 51 3.85%

Source: National Education Association


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William Hicks

Not bad income for the year that there was little to no in class education in California.

William Hicks

Average’s in income do not give you a picture of the low and high ends of income. What is the lowest income and the percentage of teachers that fall into that category and the same for the higher end of income? Certainly, if the average is this high that means that there are many that actually make much more than the average.

Jesse

Why does it mean there are many teachers that make “much more than average?”

Set 1 = {0, 10}: Average = 5
Set 2 = {5, 5}: Average = 5

In Set 1, yes there is an element that is much larger than average. In Set 2 there aren’t any elements that are much larger than average, in fact none are larger than average at all. Even the set of {4,6} has an average of 5 without having any element “much more than average.”

Don’t forget the math we all learned in elementary school when you’re crafting your arguments. We don’t want little kids to be able to blow holes in our arguments.

The best thing you could do is find the standard deviation of California teachers’ salaries, then depending on what that standard deviation is you could either make a strong argument in support of your contentions or shift to a different argument that’s actually supported by data.

William Hicks

Thanks for your input Jesse. Certainly there could be more done to validate what I consider to be a concern.

Tom

This is the average teacher pay at the school districts in Ventura County

HUENEME ELEMENTARY $93809 OXNARD UN HIGH $93087 OAK PARK UNIFIED $88959 CONEJO VALLEY UNIFIED $87867 OXNARD ELEMENTARY $82726 SANTA PAULA UNIFIED $81478 SIMI VALLEY UNIFIED $81329 VENTURA COUNTY OFFICE OF ED. $79840 PLEASANT VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT $79500 RIO ELEMENTARY $78729 VENTURA UNIFIED $78453 SOMIS UN ELEMENTARY $77451 FILLMORE UNIFIED $77038 MOORPARK UNIFIED $73710 MUPU ELEMENTARY $73347 MESA UN ELEMENTARY $72021 BRIGGS ELEMENTARY $71904 OJAI UNIFIED $69246 SANTA CLARA ELEMENTARY $60306