The American Federation of Teachers issues a
Teacher Salary Trends
report each year to survey the pay levels of U.S. educators. In 2006-07, the average salary for traditional public school teachers increased 4.5 percent to $51,009, marking the first time average teacher pay exceeded $50,000.
The study ranks the states according to teacher salary, with California ($63,640), Connecticut ($61,039) and New
Jersey ($59,730) at the top of the list for 2006-07. South Dakota ranked last at $35,378.