May 10, 2024 - News

Ohio's teacher pay ranking fell slightly last year

Map showing average teacher salaries by U.S. state for the 2022-23 school year. The average U.S. teacher salary was $69,544. California, New York and Massachusetts had the highest average salaries at over $90,000 while salaries were lowest in West Virginia, Florida and South Dakota at around $53,000.
Data: National Education Association; Map: Alice Feng/Axios

Teachers in Ohio made an average of $66,390 during the 2022-23 school year, according to an analysis by the National Education Association.

  • The state's average teacher salary ranked 19th overall, slightly lower than the previous year's No. 18.

Why it matters: Teacher raises have been a hot topic for Ohio lawmakers in recent legislative sessions, and the analysis shows that most states are increasing teacher pay.

  • It's also National Teacher Appreciation Week, and a recent report found that Ohio teacher salaries have not kept pace with inflation.

Catch up quick: In October, the legislature raised the starting salary for a teacher with a bachelor's degree to $35,000 from $30,000.

Between the lines: Statehouse Democrats unsuccessfully sought to raise the starting salary to $50,000.

The latest: Rep. Joe Miller, a Democrat from Amherst, last month introduced a bill to raise starting pay for teachers with a bachelor's degree to $50,000.

Reality check: No Republicans are co-sponsoring the legislation, so it doesn't stand much chance in Ohio's lopsided General Assembly.

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