Highest-paid teachers work in New York state

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – New York state is home to the highest-paid teachers in the nation.

According to figures from the 2013 Digest of Higher Education, posted this morning by The Washington Post, the estimated average annual salary of public elementary and secondary school teachers in New York was $75,279 in the 2012-2013 academic year. That was almost $20,000 above the national average of $56,373.

While still the highest, this figure was actually higher two years ago, when the average teacher in New York made $76,464.

Massachusetts ranked second in the most recent data, with an average salary of $73,129. The District of Columbia, Connecticut and California rounded out the top five. The average teacher in Pennsylvania made $63,521 in 2012-2013.

South Dakota ranked last, at $39,580. That’s just below Mississippi, where the average teacher made $41,994.

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