Study: Idaho teacher salaries rank lowest in nation
Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on July 11, 2018
From pre-K through college, Idaho educator salaries rank at or near the bottom nationally, according to a new study.
Using Census Bureau numbers, the Brookings Institution’s The Hamilton Project compares salaries and accounts for local cost of living. Here’s the grim rundown:
- For all teachers, not counting postsecondary instructors, Idaho’s salaries rank lowest in the nation, and come in 12 percent below the national average.
- Kindergarten and pre-K teacher salaries also rank lowest in the nation, and lag 18 percent behind the national average.
- Special education teacher salaries rank second-lowest in the nation, topping only Maine. Idaho’s average salary comes in 23 percent below the national average.
- Idaho’s salaries for primary and secondary teachers lag behind the national averages by 13 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Postsecondary instructors fare better; here, the Idaho average comes within 4 percent of the national average.
The teacher salary numbers are part of a much bigger study, titled, “Where Work Pays: How Does Where You Live Matter For Your Earnings?” The researchers looked at 320 occupations and compared salaries across all 50 states and 420 metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
One more set of numbers, for the sake of comparison: Idaho editors and reporters make 20 percent less than the national average. (Just saying.)
To slice and dice the numbers for yourself, here’s a link to The Hamilton Project’s interactive map.
The Brookings Institution is a nonpartisan public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C. The Hamilton Project (and yes, it is named for Alexander Hamilton of “Hamilton” fame) says its mission is to produce “innovative policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans.”