The US cities where teachers are paid the least: analysis

(NEXSTAR) — Many teachers across the U.S. continue to face low pay, but in some metropolitan areas educators can be paid more than others.

The national average salary for public school teachers is expected to be $68,469 for the 2022-23 school year, according to the National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest teachers' union. Adjusted for inflation, the average has fallen 6.4% over the past 10 years, the NEA said in its annual report. Ranking and estimation report.

Based on data analyzed by , educators in McAllen, Texas have the highest purchasing power compared to teachers in other cities. Personal finance company MoneyGeek.

The average annual salary in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metropolitan area is $73,153, but after taxes and cost of living, your adjusted take-home pay is $68,271. That amount is still higher than the rest of the country, according to a MoneyGeek report that ranks the metropolitan areas that offer the highest real incomes for educators.

MoneyGeek's overall rankings below include the combined average salaries of the metro areas with the highest adjusted teacher salaries.

Big cities with the highest adjusted teacher salaries

rank Capital Area take-home pay* average annual income
1 McAllen – Edinburg – Mission State, Texas $68,271 $73,153
2 Auburn Opelika, Alabama $66,080 $85,617
3 El Paso, Texas $65,260 $74,846
Four Houston – The Woodlands – Sugar Land, Texas $65,198 $79,310
Five San Antonio – New Braunfels, Texas $64,031 $76,777
6 Austin, Texas – Round Rock $61,973 $80,805
7 knoxville, tennessee $60,559 $67,801
8 St. Louis, Missouri $59,819 $74,316
9 Minneapolis – St. Minnesota – Paul Bloomington, Wisconsin $58,987 $77,591
Ten Kalamazoo – Portage, Michigan $58,577 $66,425
11 Hartford, CT – West Hartford – East Hartford $57,976 $83,906
12 Cleveland Illyria, Ohio $57,964 $73,307
13 New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania $57,781 $101,068
14 Reno, Nevada $57,226 $77,310
15 Brownsville, Texas – Harlingen $57,036 $58,305
sauce: money otaku | *Take-home pay includes after-tax income and living expenses.

The highest average salary listed in the top 15 is in New York City at $101,068, but the take-home pay drops to $57,781 after income taxes and cost of living are taken into account.

For K-12 educators looking to get the most out of their salary, Washington's Kennewick-Richland metropolitan area may be the ideal area. K-12 teachers earn the highest take-home pay, with an average of $60,822. Meanwhile, higher education teachers have the highest purchasing power in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with an average take-home pay of $84,429.

Of the 178 metropolitan areas analyzed by Money Geek, Hawaii's capital city had the worst teacher pay. The average annual salary for educators in Honolulu is $51,778, but they take home just $22,677.

Other cities where teachers earn less than $35,000 after taxes and living expenses include Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Prescott, Arizona.

Ann Article published in April on the NEA website He noted that low pay does not equate to inflation and could worsen school staffing shortages as teachers seek better pay.

“Educators who dedicate their lives to their students should not have to struggle to support their families,” NEA President Becky Pringle said in the article. “A career in education shouldn't be a lifetime of financial insecurity. Who would choose to teach in that situation?”

Large cities with the lowest adjusted teacher salaries

rank Capital Area take-home pay* average annual income
162 Rapid City, South Dakota $39,681 $45,945
163 Valdosta, Georgia $39,454 $47,195
164 Durham, North Carolina – Chapel Hill $39,405 $54,710
165 Flagstaff, Arizona $39,350 $60,297
166 Pueblo, Colorado $39,284 $50,688
167 Evansville, Indiana $39,135 $47,842
168 Manhattan, Kansas $38,927 $46,497
169 Muncie, Indiana $38,919 $45,263
170 Colorado Springs, Colorado $37,912 $55,747
171 Burlington, North Carolina $37,565 $45,235
172 San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara, CA $37,505 $95,775
173 Kokomo, Indiana $36,943 $41,227
174 bloomington indiana $36,224 $47,406
175 Grand Junction, Colorado $35,178 $47,655
176 Prescott, Arizona $34,976 $50,646
177 Hilton Head Island – Bluffton – Beaufort, SC $32,434 $44,082
178 Honolulu, Hawaii $22,677 $58,094
sauce: money nerd | *Take-home pay includes after-tax income and living expenses.

MoneyGeek analyzed the following data. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Community Economic Research Council for its analysis. click here To view the entire report, click

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