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1. Hawaii- If the beautiful tropics of Hawaii, the white sandy beaches, and the year round great weather isn’t enough to make anyone want to move there then maybe the starting salary for teachers would be. According to Forbes Magazine, the salary survey at shows that average salary for teachers at all levels in Hawaii is $49,292 which is slightly above the average in the country. While $49,000 may be a great starting teacher salary in some parts, in Hawaii where a gallon of milk can cost upwards of $7, this may not be enough. Minus the gorgeous beaches, the state ranks dead last in the “salary comfort index,” probably due to Hawaii’s high cost of living. To learn more about teaching in Hawaii, click here.
2. Maryland- Close to our nation’s capital and an abundance of schools, the state of Maryland offers competitive pay and ample job opportunities for teachers. According to the NEA, the average salary for new teachers is $42, 297. In addition to a higher pay for starting teachers, Maryland also has a statewide pay scale, meaning ALL districts must abide by minimum pay levels but districts can pay more! In addition, many districts pay for teachers to go to school and earned advanced degrees!
In addition to the beautiful scenery, the NEA shows an average starting salary for new teachers here as $40,658. According to Education Insider ,Wyoming, which has been able to increase its state funding for education over the past several years due largely to its energy-richness, is not only hiring but is tops in starting salaries for teachers and is known for paying its educators very well. In addition, application for teaching license by out of state teachers has increased a whopping 70% in the last few years!
4. North Dakota
The interesting fact about North Dakota, that instead of raising taxes or applying for initiatives like Race to the Top they use oil money to fund education. Which traditionally means lay-offs are not as frequent. According to the Bismarck Tribune, the state has a shortage of teachers in 18 subject areas including math, science and technology education according to a report compiled by the Department of Public Instruction.
According to Teacher Portal, the average starting salary is $37,500 with the average salary for Illinois teachers overall at $58,686. In addition, the state offers a special education tuition waiver program- a teacher pursuing a career in special education can qualify for full tuition exemptions at eligible institutions for up to four years. Update: However, with the recent layoffs of thousands and teachers and closing of public schools in Chicago Public Schools, we have to wonder how many educators in IL still believe it’s a good place to find employment.
Despite its hard winters, there seems to great opportunities for educators in Alaska. The Anchorage School district has several recruiting events throughout the state in 2011 and the state offers a $3,000 signing bonus for qualified teachers!
Now take a moment and tell us where’s the best place to find a teaching job!