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States with the lowest average salaries for instructional staff, 2018-19

Aug. 4, 2020
According to statistics from the National Education Association, the state that had the lowest average salary for K-12 instructional staff in public schools in 2018-19 was Mississsippi.

The lowest average salary for public school instructional staff in 2018-19 was in Mississippi.

The NEA's Rankings of the States 2019 and Estimates of School Statistics 2020 says that the range of average salaries in individual states ranged from $47,437 in Mississippi to $86,609 in New York.

The average salary for instructional staff in U.S. public schools in 2018-19 was $64,545.

Here are the 10 states with the lowest average salaries for public school instructional staff in 2018-19:

State                            Average salary

Mississippi                $47,347
Florida                        $48,784
West Virginia             $49,499
South Dakota            $49,887
Arizona                      $50,778
New Mexico             $51,410
Montana                   $51,680
Arkansas                  $52,202
Kansas                     $52,236
Missouri                   $52,452

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