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Preliminary analysis: NC average teacher salary adjusted for COL is 26th in the nation

My initial calculations indicate that North Carolina’s average teacher salary, when adjusted for cost of living (COL), ranks 26th in the nation.  I explained the methodology used to adjust for cost of living differences in a research brief published last year.

The unadjusted ranking is 30th in the nation, according to a report released by the National Education Association earlier today.

State/Jurisdiction 2019-20 Salary 2019-20 Rank COL Index COL Adjusted Salary Adjusted Salary Rank
Illinois  $68,305.00 11 89.7  $76,148.27 1
Michigan  $62,185.00 16 90.1  $69,017.76 2
Pennsylvania  $70,258.00 10 103.2  $68,079.46 3
Georgia  $60,578.00 18 90  $67,308.89 4
Washington  $72,965.00 8 112.2  $65,031.19 5
Ohio  $59,713.00 20 92.1  $64,834.96 6
Massachusetts  $83,622.00 3 129.7  $64,473.40 7
Iowa  $58,917.00 23 91.4  $64,460.61 8
United States  $63,645.00 N/A 100  $63,645.00 N/A
Connecticut  $78,247.00 5 124.2  $63,000.81 9
Wyoming  $59,014.00 22 94.5  $62,448.68 10
New Jersey  $76,376.00 6 122.4  $62,398.69 11
Oklahoma  $54,038.00 33 86.7  $62,327.57 12
Texas  $57,091.00 26 91.7  $62,258.45 13
New Mexico  $54,256.00 31 87.2  $62,220.18 14
Wisconsin  $59,176.00 21 95.7  $61,834.90 15
Kansas  $52,554.00 38 86.5  $60,756.07 16
Alabama  $54,095.00 32 89.6  $60,373.88 17
Delaware  $64,853.00 15 107.7  $60,216.34 18
Nebraska  $55,267.00 28 92.8  $59,554.96 19
California  $84,659.00 2 142.7  $59,326.56 20
Minnesota  $58,663.00 24 101.2  $57,967.39 21
Tennessee  $51,862.00 41 90  $57,624.44 22
Indiana  $51,508.00 42 89.5  $57,550.84 23
Missouri  $50,817.00 44 88.3  $57,550.40 24
Maryland  $73,444.00 7 128  $57,378.13 25
North Carolina  $54,682.00 30 95.5  $57,258.64 26
Kentucky  $53,907.00 35 94.2  $57,226.11 27
Rhode Island  $67,323.00 13 118.6  $56,764.76 28
Arkansas  $49,822.00 48 88.2  $56,487.53 29
New York  $87,543.00 1 155.9  $56,153.30 30
Idaho  $52,875.00 36 94.3  $56,071.05 31
New Hampshire  $60,003.00 19 108  $55,558.33 32
Colorado  $57,269.00 25 103.2  $55,493.22 33
Alaska  $70,877.00 9 128.4  $55,200.16 34
Utah  $52,819.00 37 96.9  $54,508.77 35
West Virginia  $50,238.00 46 92.4  $54,370.13 36
North Dakota  $52,328.00 39 96.5  $54,225.91 37
South Carolina  $51,485.00 43 95.5  $53,910.99 38
Louisiana  $50,217.00 47 93.5  $53,708.02 39
Mississippi  $45,192.00 51 84.7  $53,355.37 40
Virginia  $53,933.00 34 101.4  $53,188.36 41
Vermont  $61,108.00 17 116.7  $52,363.32 42
Nevada  $56,672.00 27 108.8  $52,088.24 43
Oregon  $67,685.00 12 134.3  $50,398.36 44
Arizona  $50,381.00 45 100.1  $50,330.67 45
D.C.  $79,350.00 4 160.7  $49,377.72 46
South Dakota  $49,220.00 49 99.7  $49,368.10 47
Florida  $48,800.00 50 99.2  $49,193.55 48
Montana  $52,135.00 40 108.2  $48,183.92 49
Maine  $54,967.00 29 115.2  $47,714.41 50
Hawaii  $65,409.00 14 197.6  $33,101.72 51

 

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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