Facts and Figures about Rural Teacher Salaries

Last Updated: May 29, 2012

This article appeared in the May 2012 Rural Policy Matters.

Question: Which thirteen states have the lowest rural teacher salary expenditures per full-time equivalent (a proxy for measuring full-time teacher salaries)?

Answer: In order from lowest salary: North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Nebraska, Montana, Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, and Florida.

(Why Rural Matters, 2011–12. Data source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data, Public School Universe, 2008–09.)

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