New Jersey teacher salaries among highest in U.S. in 2024: report

NEW JERSEY – Teacher salaries in the Garden State are among the highest average teacher salaries in the U.S., according to the National Education Association's Educator Pay in America 2024 report.

According to the report, the national average salary for a teacher is $69,544. Teachers in New Jersey earn an average salary of $81,102 and rank 7th in the nation for teacher compensation. The average starting salary for a teacher in the state is $56,434, ranking second in the nation for starting salary (the national average starting salary for a teacher is $44,530).

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That's less than the federal minimum wage of $73,517, which is “the income required for a family of one adult and one child to maintain a modest but adequate standard of living in the most affordable metropolitan area,” the report said .

California teachers earn the most in the nation, taking home an average of $95,160 each year. Teachers in Florida earn the least, on average, at $53,098 per year.

According to the report, the pay gap between teachers in New Jersey compared to other college graduates with similar experience is 92 cents.

Overall, teacher salaries have not kept pace with inflation despite record increases in some states, the NEA said. Teachers earn 5 percent less than they did 10 years ago.

“Low wages limit the ability to attract and retain qualified educators to the profession due to a looming educator shortage and declining educator morale, primarily due to low wages and poor working conditions,” the association said.

-With reporting by Tiffany Razzano.

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