Where Do Teachers Get Paid the Most? 20 Cities with the Highest Teacher Salaries for the Cost of Living
Let’s face it: teachers don’t earn nearly what they should. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), K–12 teachers, on average, brought home just shy of $59,000 in 2018. Though countless articles extolling cities with the highest teacher pay exist, most don’t take into account how the local cost of living impacts what those earnings can buy. If things like housing, food, and transportation are costly, a high salary doesn’t necessarily mean you have a lot of disposable income.
Our ranking of teacher salaries is different: we factor in the cost of living to help you decide what city will give you the most bang for your teacher buck. If you’re flexible about where you want to teach, this article may help you find the right city for you.
How We Calculated the Top-Paying Cities for K-12 Teachers
Our team used average salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, May 2018) for teachers in various cities across the nation. We matched this data with cost of living information for available cities from the data source Numbeo.com (December 2019) using costs for a single individual renting their home.
Where city data existed in both data sets, we divided annual average salary by cost of living. Cities were ranked according to how many times the cost of living was earned in average salary for teachers in that city.