On Monday, more than 4,000 teachers in Denver went on strike for the first time in 25 years, after failing to reach a satisfactory pay deal with administrators. The Denver teachers’ union wants to add more of teachers’ bonuses to their base pay, and to change how teachers can earn more based on education and training.
The state estimates the walkout will cost about $400,000 a day.
The most recent large-scale teacher strike was in January in Los Angeles, the second-largest school district in the US. Those teachers settled for the 6% pay raise originally offered, but were also able to negotiate smaller class sizes and more counselors and nurses, reports the AP.
Nationwide, the average public school teacher salary for the 2016-2017 school year was $59,850. While the nominal teacher salary has increased, when adjusted for inflation, average salary has dropped over time — about 1.6% lower than the $41,407 average in the 1999-2000 school year.
Below, find out how much teachers make in each state. Salary data comes from the NEA, and inflation-adjusted salary increases were calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics. The amount spent per student comes from the U.S. Census Bureau‘s 2015 total public school spending per state.
Keep reading to see how teacher salaries compare around the US.