25 worst-paying cities for high school teachers

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High school teachers spend their workdays imploring teenagers to retain the basics of linear inequalities, cell anatomies and balancing chemical equations — none of which exactly pique the interest of most pubescent adolescents.

Many Americans would shudder at the thought of conquering that task day in and day out. And yet, there are hundreds of U.S. cities where high school teachers make less than $47,464, the average salary for all teaching jobs in 2012-2013 (the latest year for which data were available), according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

StartClass recently highlighted the highest-paying cities in the U.S. for high school teachers.

Now, it’s time to feature the U.S. cities where high school are paid the least. We compiled all the public data available on educators’ salaries and found the 25 cities where high school teachers received the lowest annual salaries in 2014, according to an update from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in spring 2015.

Teaching can often be a thankless job. In these cities, high school teachers receive even less financial appreciation than their peers.

25. Jackson, Miss.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $43,610

One-year percent change: -0.2 percent

Five-year percent change: -6 percent

24. Winston-Salem, N.C.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $43,530

One-year percent change: -1.1 percent

Five-year percent change: -8.7 percent

23. Lakeland, Fla.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $43,510

One-year percent change: +1.4 percent

Five-year percent change: N/A

22. Panama City, Fla.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $43,440

One-year percent change: +0.8 percent

Five-year percent change: N/A

21. Oklahoma City

 

Average high school teacher salary: $43,390

One-year percent change: -10 percent

Five-year percent change: -10.6 percent

20. Asheville, N.C.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $43,200

One-year percent change: -1.5 percent

Five-year percent change: -12.5 percent

19. Lawton, Okla.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $43,140

One-year percent change: +3.9 percent

Five-year percent change: -1 percent

18. Hattiesburg, Miss.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $42,970

One-year percent change: +0.4 percent

Five-year percent change: -1.8 percent

17. Tallahassee, Fla.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $42,890

One-year percent change: -7.6 percent

Five-year percent change: -17.1 percent

16. Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $42,330

One-year percent change: +9.2 percent

Five-year percent change: -3.8 percent

15. Pocatello, Idaho

 

Average high school teacher salary: $42,300

One-year percent change: +1.2 percent

Five-year percent change: -18.6 percent

14. Prescott, Ariz.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $42,210

One-year percent change: +4 percent

Five-year percent change: -0.7 percent

13. Lynchburg, Va.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $42,200

One-year percent change: -4.7 percent

Five-year percent change: -12.6 percent

12. Pine Bluff, Ark.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $42,050

One-year percent change: -16.8 percent

Five-year percent change: -8.3 percent

11. Sioux Falls, S.D.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $41,990

One-year percent change: +0.1 percent

Five-year percent change: -1.3 percent

10. Burlington, N.C.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $41,810

One-year percent change: +0.1 percent

Five-year percent change: -8.2 percent

9. St. Joseph, Mo.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $41,690

One-year percent change: +1.2 percent

Five-year percent change: +1.1 percent

8. Wilmington, N.C.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $41,390

One-year percent change: -0.9 percent

Five-year percent change: -12.6 percent

7. Fayetteville, N.C.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $40,880

One-year percent change: +1.9 percent

Five-year percent change: -0.5 percent

6. Tucson, Ariz.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $40,480

One-year percent change: +0.4 percent

Five-year percent change: -6.5 percent

5. Rocky Mount, N.C.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $40,270

One-year percent change: -7.8 percent

Five-year percent change: -11.1 percent

4. Hickory, N.C.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $40,210

One-year percent change: -3.6 percent

Five-year percent change: -14.1 percent

3. St. George, Utah

 

Average high school teacher salary: $39,770

One-year percent change: -8 percent

Five-year percent change: N/A

2. Jefferson City, Mo.

 

Average high school teacher salary: $38,930

One-year percent change: -0.3 percent

Five-year percent change: -11.5 percent

1. Logan, Utah

 

Average high school teacher salary: $38,710

One-year percent change: -0.3 percent

Five-year percent change: -27.8 percent

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