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Old 12-16-2009, 10:28 PM
 
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In our district, it's 45K-50K.
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:50 AM
 
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Or you could go out to South Dakota where it will be in the 15K range. Starting salaries posted on a web site all all well and good but if you take a starting salary of say 50K-which sounds really good-but then discover that you can't rent an apartment for less then 2000/month-it stops sounding good pretty fast.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:51 AM
 
Location: Whoville....
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Or you could go out to South Dakota where it will be in the 15K range. Starting salaries posted on a web site all all well and good but if you take a starting salary of say 50K-which sounds really good-but then discover that you can't rent an apartment for less then 2000/month-it stops sounding good pretty fast.
I had a friend who accepted an engineering job in California, years ago. He was so excited because they doubled his salary to go out there. He was back in Michigan (this is when there were jobs here) in six months because he couldn't live there on double his salary here. He needed more like four times his salary.

COL in the area is a major consideration. Right after I lost my engineering job, I was offered a job in the south for about 2/3 of what I had been making but it would have been a great wage for the area. Unfortunately, that wasn't an area my husband could work in.
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Old 12-17-2009, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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It varies greatly depending on region, size, various district specifics, etc. My mom's district (rural/small town consolidated k-8 district, Midwestern) starts at $27K. It's all publicly searchable. There is no variability by subject, due to it being union contract. The only pay scale differences have to do with level of degree, seniority, and tenure. The union would not stand for a different pay rate for a new grad, bachelor's degree-holding math instructor than for the person with the same level of schooling who will be teaching language arts or el ed.
The pay in SD is a little higher starting than previously posted. Depending on what part of the state your in, it can be as low as $ 20,000. Still, not very lucrative considering that new grads, especially in elementary ed. usually have to move to some little town in the boonies or a reservation where there is nothing to do BUT teach. There is a major glut in this particular field of teaching especially. Unless you're lucky to have nepotism, it can take years of substitute teaching to finally land a job where you may want to work.

The pay here, like mentioned in other parts of the country, is not based upon what is taught or the quality of the teacher. Physics, chemistry, and math teachers make the same as PE jumping jack teachers within each district's scale. Once again, pay is based on level of degree, seniority, tenure, and continuing ed classes.
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:11 PM
 
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37,000 to 42,000 in southern Texas!
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:49 PM
 
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The pay in SD is a little higher starting than previously posted. Depending on what part of the state your in, it can be as low as $ 20,000. Still, not very lucrative considering that new grads, especially in elementary ed. usually have to move to some little town in the boonies or a reservation where there is nothing to do BUT teach. There is a major glut in this particular field of teaching especially. Unless you're lucky to have nepotism, it can take years of substitute teaching to finally land a job where you may want to work.

The pay here, like mentioned in other parts of the country, is not based upon what is taught or the quality of the teacher. Physics, chemistry, and math teachers make the same as PE jumping jack teachers within each district's scale. Once again, pay is based on level of degree, seniority, tenure, and continuing ed classes.
If you're an elementary major, you are lucky if you can find a job subbing in this economy. Before the recession, there was a huge surplus of elementary teachers. I had to take a job in a small town in AZ that no one wanted to live in after I graduated in 2004.

Assuming you are lucky enough to find a job, in AZ I started out at 27,000 plus I got some bonus Prop 301 money at the end of the year. The prop 301 money totaled around 2,000 dollars.
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Old 12-19-2009, 03:29 AM
 
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Teacher Salaries By State | Average Salaries For Teachers | Beginning Salaries For Teachers | Teacher Raises | TeacherPortal.com

This lists the average by state for starting salaries, none of which are in the 50K range some are claiming.
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Old 12-19-2009, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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I live on the border of Arkansas and Oklahoma. Both have a similar cost of living.

Financially speaking, Oklahoma's education system is in shambles. The average starting salary there is around 28K.

Arkansas' education system is in pretty good shape with a strong financial foundation, but the average salary is not much more; it is around 33K for first year teachers with a bachelor degree.
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Old 12-20-2009, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Teacher Salaries By State | Average Salaries For Teachers | Beginning Salaries For Teachers | Teacher Raises | TeacherPortal.com

This lists the average by state for starting salaries, none of which are in the 50K range some are claiming.
That's the averages. For instance, it shows the starting salary in VA at $33,200, but in my district it is about $45k
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Old 12-20-2009, 12:27 PM
 
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The city areas of Texas pay a lot more than the rural areas of Texas.
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