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2018 Teacher Salary with a Master's Degree

If you've ever thought about earning your master's degree to advance your teaching career, one of the first questions you probably ask yourself is "how much do teachers with a master's degree make?" In this article, we'll cover master's vs. bachelor's salaries for teachers at different grade levels and then break down teachers who have a master's degree salaries by state. If you're interested in learning more education requirements, program curriculum, and careers for students with a master's degree in an education-related field, head on over to our page about master's degrees in education.

Master's in Teaching Salary

If you already work in the education field or have a bachelor's in education, then you're probably aware that teacher salaries vary widely by location, district, grade level, institution and, perhaps most importantly, your level of education. Below, we compare the salaries of teachers with a master's versus a bachelor's degree, broken down by grade level. This data was compiled using Talent Neuron, a software program that pulls in data from Bureau of Labor Statistics surveys as well as data from current job postings in the field.

  • Kindergarten: $58,850 (Bachelor's), $59,700 (Master's)
  • Elementary School: $59,300 (Bachelor's), $63,350 (Master's)
  • Middle School: $61,550 (Bachelor's), $66,150 (Master's)
  • High School: $62,050 (Bachelor's), $67,350 (Master's)

Teacher Salary with Master's Degree by State

The following table takes into account the average salary of all the grade level/subjects in each state to find the median teacher's salary with a master's degree in each state. As you consider these figures, keep in mind that the national average salary for teacher's with a master's degree is $65,300.

Benefits of Earning a Master's Degree in Education

Not only are you likely to earn more money as a teacher if you have a master's degree in education, it is also probable that you can advance in your career faster than those with only an undergraduate degree. For example, you could be promoted to head teacher, transfer to work in school administration, or even become a curriculum designer for a school district or government entity.

The BLS reports that job growth for high school teachers is expected to increase at 8% from 2016-2026, which is about the national average for all occupations. Jobs for elementary school teachers are expected to grow at 7% during the same time frame. Since competition for jobs can be fierce, particularly in school districts that can afford to pay their teachers well, it will likely benefit you if you receive a master's degree.