Teaching Degree Graduates: Starting Salaries for Teachers

Once you’ve earned your Education Degree, it’s time to start working in your preferred field. What are the starting salaries for teachers? What are the salary ranges for teaching overall? Here’s a brief overview of the teaching degree salaries you can expect as the proud holder of a degree in Education.

Salaries of Teachers in Public Schools

Although salary range in teaching varies by state and by school district, virtually all public schools in the U.S. employ a rigid salary grid to determine the starting salaries for teachers paid in a specific district. This single, unified salary schedule recognizes only years of service and amount of education as factors in determining the pay of individual teachers. It treats all degrees as equivalent, regardless of where they were earned or in what subject.

A new teacher with a bachelor’s degree would start at the salary of  $32,722 for the nine-month school year. Salaries usually increase at a rate of 2-3% a year. However, for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree, this salaries usually cap at year 12 at or around $44,916 per school year.

With a master’s degree instead of a bachelor’s degree, a teacher would be paid $51,192 rather than $44,916. The other benefit of having the master’s degree is that salary step increases are no longer capped in year 12, but continue to increase to $69,859.

If the teacher subsequently earns another 30 education credits beyond the master’s degree, this again shifts the teacher to even higher pay. The added credential boosts the teacher’s pay $53,238. After 25 years of service, the teacher’s pay could increase to $79,318.

Educational Administrators Salaries

Most education administrators begin in related occupations, often as teachers. But most earn master’s degrees in Education Administration or Educational Leadership, and some pursue a doctorate degree as well. Here is a breakdown of professions and salaries in administration, which differ from the salary range in teaching (information provided by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics):

Administrators K-12Principals

  • Senior High School $82,225
  • Jr. High/Middle School $78,160
  • Elementary school $74,062

Assistant Principals

  • Senior High School $68,945
  • Jr. High/Middle School $66,319
  • Elementary school $63,398

Administrators in Higher Education

  • Chief academic officer $127,066

Academic Deans

  • Business $120,460
  • Arts and Sciences $110,412
  • Graduate programs $109,309
  • Education $107,660
  • Nursing $100,314
  • Health-related professions $100,185
  • Continuing Education $91,800
  • Occupational or Vocational Education $79,845

Other administrators

  • Chief Development Officer $114,400
  • Dean of Students     $75,245
  • Director, student financial aid     $63,130
  • Registrar     $61,953
  • Director, student activities     $45,636