How do you feel about how much your kids' teachers get paid? The average annual salary for teachers in the U.S. is $56,383. But when you look at teachers' salaries state-by-state, you'll see some states pay a lot less -- and others pay a lot more.
Here are the states with the top five highest-paid teachers and the states with the bottom lowest average teacher's salaries. (Including Washington, D.C.) What do you think -- are we getting our money's worth? Do you think your state's teachers are overpaid? Or are they underpaid? Do you think students learn better when their teachers are paid better, or do you think the two are unrelated?
National Center for Education Statistics by Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president at DePaul University in Chicago, collected data on average teacher's salaries in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. for the National Center for Education Statistics.
Where is your school on the scale?