Teachers and supporters march Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, during the Florida Education Association's "Take on Tallahassee" rally at the Old Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Phil Sears / AP

From Staff Reports and The Center Square

Teacher pay in Florida averaged $49,102 for the 2019-2020 school year, the third lowest 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 Florida in 2019-20 was 1.63 percent more than it was the previous year, the NEA data shows. In 2018-19, public school teacher salaries in the state averaged $48,314.

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.

According to a news release by Governor Ron DeSantis’ office, this year’s Florida legislative session secured an investment into teachers’ salaries of $550 million to elevate the minimum starting salary to $47,500, though it is unclear when all districts will be able to offer this. Additionally, DeSantis announced yesterday another $215 million to provide all of Florida’s eligible public school principals and teachers with $1,000 ‘disaster relief payments’. While this is a positive development, it will take more than this to move out of the lower 10% and compete with other states’ investment into teacher salaries, according to the numbers provided by the NEA.

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

1 COMMENT

  1. All this article does is parrot the nea’s talking points. As such I question the reliability of the information provided as the nea is a biased union who in the past has used skewed “statistics” to bolster their propaganda.

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