On Tuesday, the News Service of Florida wrote about the decline in average Florida teacher salaries over the last four years, with the average Florida teacher salary dropping by $1,200 since 2007-08 and the average increase in minimum teacher salaries improving by a meager 1 percent.
Compared to other states, Florida’s teacher salaries rank in the bottom half. Florida ranks 38th compared to other states and the District of Columbia, according to data compiled by the U.S. Department of Education from the 2009-10 school year. Florida’s average teacher salary that year was $46,462. There are 13 other states that pay their teachers less on average.
South Dakota had the worst average pay at $34,799 with New York paying the highest average at $70,785.