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Think teacher salaries are low in Idaho? This study confirms it.

Kindergarteners listen to a story at Chaparral Elementary School in Meridian in 2015. Idaho students lag in educational well-being, according to new Kids Count data.
Kindergarteners listen to a story at Chaparral Elementary School in Meridian in 2015. Idaho students lag in educational well-being, according to new Kids Count data. Idaho Statesman

<h2>Study: Idaho teacher salaries rank lowest in nation</h2><p>Originally posted on <a href="https://www.idahoednews.org/kevins-blog/study-idaho-teacher-salaries-rank-lowest-in-nation/?utm_source=republish&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=republish">IdahoEdNews.org</a> on July 11, 2018</p><p><p>From pre-K through college, Idaho educator salaries rank at or near the bottom nationally, according to a new study.</p><p>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:</p><ul><li>For all teachers, not counting postsecondary instructors, Idaho’s salaries rank lowest in the nation, and come in 12 percent below the national average.</li><li>Kindergarten and pre-K teacher salaries also rank lowest in the nation, and lag 18 percent behind the national average.</li><li>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.</li><li>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.</li></ul><p>The teacher salary numbers are part of a much bigger study, titled, <a href="http://www.hamiltonproject.org/assets/files/where_work_pays_report.pdf">“Where Work Pays: How Does Where You Live Matter For Your Earnings?”</a> The researchers looked at 320 occupations and compared salaries across all 50 states and 420 metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.</p><p>One more set of numbers, for the sake of comparison: Idaho editors and reporters make 20 percent less than the national average. (Just saying.)</p><p>To slice and dice the numbers for yourself, here’s a link to<a href="http://www.hamiltonproject.org/charts/where_work_pays_interactive"> The Hamilton Project’s interactive map</a>.</p><p>The Brookings Institution is a nonpartisan public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C. <a href="http://www.hamiltonproject.org/">The Hamilton Project</a> (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.”</p></p><link rel="canonical" href="https://www.idahoednews.org/kevins-blog/study-idaho-teacher-salaries-rank-lowest-in-nation/" /><script id="idahoednewstracker" type="text/javascript" src="https://www.idahoednews.org/jspt/jspt.js" data-original="www.idahoednews.org/kevins-blog/study-idaho-teacher-salaries-rank-lowest-in-nation/" async="true"></script>

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