The amount a teacher earns in the United States depends on education level, experience and the school/district/state, since there is no uniform salary schedule. Salaries for the average beginning teacher in the U.S. continue to lag behind their peers in comparable professions. The average beginning teacher’s salary was estimated to be $34,935 for the 2010-2011 school year.
The National Education Association collects, maintains and analyzes data on issues and trends affecting the nation’s public education systems and their employees. Its latest report titled, Rankings of the States 2009 and Estimates of School Statistics 2010, states that the U.S. average public school teacher salary for 2008–09 was $54,319. State average public school teacher salaries ranged from those in New York ($69,118), California ($68,093) and Massachusetts ($66,712) at the high end to South Dakota ($35,070), North Dakota ($41,654) and Utah ($42,335) at the low end (C-11). The U.S. average classroom teacher salary is estimated to be $55,350 for the 2009–10 school year.