As the pandemic continues to weigh on the entire country, many have wondered whether asking teachers (and students) to return to the classroom is fair, safe or practical.
School districts and local leaders soon will answer those questions. But one way or another, teachers will be doing their jobs this fall.
Elementary school teachers in the U.S. earned an average annual wage of $63,930 as of 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Middle school teachers earned an average of $63,550 at that same time. High school teachers averaged $65,930 per year.
But teacher pay varies considerably by state. States also vary as to which level pays best. Often, elementary school teachers make less than their middle school and high school counterparts, but not always.
Following are the average annual wages for elementary, middle and high school teachers in each state. The states are ranked based on elementary-school pay.