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Illinois Ranked #1 for Most Financially “Comfortable” State for Teachers

Just as in most states, Illinois schools are desperate for qualified teachers. The difference is, these schools are willing to financially invest in their teachers by offering them some of the highest salaries in the United States.

Illinois teachers make the third highest teacher salary in the nation with an average salary of nearly $62,000 per year, according to the National Education Association. Even starting salaries for new teachers are the fourth highest in the country, with new teachers making almost $38,000 annually. Over the past ten years, Illinois teachers have enjoyed a 43 percent salary raise!

And it gets better: teachers in Illinois that are willing to earn a master’s degree can earn an even higher salary. Some schools also offer lucrative financial incentives to educators willing to teach in subjects experiencing a critical shortage of teachers, too, such as bilingual or special education. Teaching in a secondary school is another way to increase your salary; secondary school teachers average an impressive $67,000 per year.

Illinois school districts’ willingness to pay their teachers highly competitive salaries has prompted one educational site to rank the state as number one for “salary comfort.” TeacherPortal.com, a resource site for teachers, compared average teacher salaries in every state to the state’s cost of living. High salaries, along with a reasonable cost of living, earned Illinois the site’s top spot as the most financially “comfortable” state for teachers.

Last Updated: 06/26/2014