New Teachers Are Earning 20% Less Than 20 Yrs Ago: Report

Schools across the nation are having difficulty filling teacher positions, with low wages being a primary cause. In a new report from, we examine the stagnation of teacher salaries, focusing on new teachers in particular.

After crunching the numbers, we found that new teachers are earning 20% less than they were 20 years ago when accounting for inflation.

Other Interesting Data:

  • New teachers make on average $42,844 per year
  • If salaries kept up with inflation, new teachers would make an average of $53,303, or $10,459 more annually
  • 1st year teachers earn ~28% less per year than the average college graduate, who makes $59,000+ per year)

You can view the methodology, as well as data visualizations here: