Elementary School Teachers

Rank Salary
United States $55,800
New Mexico 19 $59,047
Utah 28 $54,814
Colorado 45 $47,413
Arizona 50 $42,474

Secondary School Teachers

Rank Salary
United States $58,030
New Mexico 32 $55,244
Utah 24 $57,804
Colorado 44 $49,215
Arizona 49 $47,890

Comparable Professions

Salary
Accountants & Auditors $61,684
Civil Engineers $79,179
Occupational Therapists $89,335
Physician Assistants $98,607
Elementary School Teachers $42,474

Few things have greater impact than a highly effective teacher in every classroom and a strong leader in every school, yet Arizona is facing a teacher shortage crisis.

A recent report by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy offers further insight into the teacher recruitment and retention issues we’ve been hearing about for several years.

  • When adjusted for inflation, elementary teachers are paid 14% less than in 2001 and Arizona secondary teachers are paid 11% less.
  • When adjusted for cost of living, Arizona elementary teacher pay is lowest in the nation and high school teacher pay is 49th of the 50 states.

In addition, we learn that high percentages of teachers are leaving the profession within their first few years and that rural and urban schools alike struggle to attract and retain quality educators.

If we care about the success of every student, this is an issue we cannot wait to address. Arizona’s students deserve better than last. And investments in our teachers and classroom will positively impact our communities and everyone’s quality of life.

Arizona should minimally work to move toward the national median. Understanding that this requires a tremendous ongoing investment of resources, Expect More Arizona is advocating for new funding to increase teacher pay over the long-term.

We must also create opportunities for meaningful professional development, high-quality mentoring and induction programs, and teacher student loan forgiveness programs for Arizona educators.

 

Making Progress Together

282 organizations

are partnering with us to make education a top priority in Arizona

80 thousand

supporters of the movement for world-class education in Arizona

96 percent

of Arizonans believe all kids deserve a world-class education

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