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How Much Do Public School Teachers in Pa. Earn?

Salaries for public school teachers in the Keystone State are in the Top Ten nationwide.

Pennsylvania has some top-notch public schools, but what does that quality education cost?

The average public school teacher in Pennsylvania earned $63,521 during the 2012-13 school year, the National Center for Education Statistics says. Data on teacher salaries for the current school year are not yet available.

The average teacher in Pennsylvania in 1969-70 earned $8,858. 

Public school teacher salaries have actually decreased in Pennsyvlania in the past 15 years or so. During the 1999-2000 school year, the average salary was $66,035. That's a -3.8% change from then to now.

Only a handful of states pay their teachers better than Pennsylvania; the top-paid public school teachers are in New York, where the average salary is $75,279.

The worst states to be a public school teacher? Mississippi, which pays teachers an average of $41,994, and South Dakota, which pays an average of $39,580.

The Top Ten Average Teacher Salaries by State:


1. New York, where the average teacher salary is $75,279;
2. Massachusetts, $73,129;
3. Washington, D.C., $70,906;
4. Connecticut, $69,766;
5. California, $69,324;
6. New Jersey, $68,797;
7. Alaska, $65,468;
8. Maryland, $65,265;
9. Pennsylvania, $63,521;
10. Rhode Island, $63,474.

Do you think teachers in Pennsylvania are paid enough?

John Odell July 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM
There is a maximum limit of how much it will increase which I think is about 35% or so, something like 5 years after you become eligible to withdraw at your full retirement age which is slowing being increased.
Bob Lentz July 18, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Sounds about correct John . Years ago I knew people still working at 70 or more and heard they haven't started SS yet . Since then the rules may have changed . Heven't kept on it that much .
Bob Lentz July 18, 2014 at 01:42 PM
The person that wrote this really believes everyone that retires needs 3 million dollars saved to keep up his standard of living ? A PASR study indicates , for career employees with 30+ years of service , their pension and Social Security retirement incomes combined produce between 120-140 % of their pre retirement income . According to that study , these individuals , who were in effect able to raise their incomes by retiring , should not reqire a cost of living adjustment for ten years . At that point , inflation will have eroded their pension income to the point where adjustments will be needed to help them maintain their pre-retirement level of income / purchasing power . " Your union dues and psea bribes to Harrisburg have done a good job so far of keeping this kind of crap going to retired state workers that the pension crisis is a never ending source of taxes coming from the homeowner paying your way through heavens waiting room and on to your final reward "
Bob Lentz July 18, 2014 at 05:20 PM
Start with looking up Pa state lawmakers pensions and medical benefits . They're the ones who wrote their own tickets . Then folow it up with all the cities , borough , county and municipal pensions and health benefits that fall on the homeowner/taxpayer that has to make up all these pensions that get bigger every year . In a few short years if not yesterday you should be able to figure out the state legislature has all the bases covered by law and there is no fire in the belly of the beast to change any part of the gravy train that all state employees enjoy on our dime . Your taxes are in the mail and they are going up .
Bob Lentz July 19, 2014 at 08:52 PM
It wasn't my idea to put the information in a news letter from PASR . Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees for whatever reason decided to fill up the page with teachers pensions and Social Security combined . As far as lobbyists go , it is probably up to each individual to think whatever they want about the purpose of lobbying . I put my thoughts in quotes what I think of illegal activities connected to lobbying .

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