Florida ranks toward the bottom on teacher salaries

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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.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.