How Do Teacher Salaries in Louisiana Rank?
Louisiana teachers will likely see a pay raise later this year. Lawmakers are expected to approve an increase to move educators closer to the southern average.
Governor John Bel Edwards has proposed a $3,000 dollar increase for teachers and a $1,500 dollar increase for support staff. BESE has proposed a $2,000 increase for teachers and many lawmakers say they are more inclined to go with that lower number because this is a recurring expense that could be a problem funding if the state faces financial troubles in the future.
Teachers in Louisiana got a $1,500 increase in 2022 which moves them up the list a bit. But many other states also approved an increase.
The National Education Association keeps track of the rankings and this latest data is for the 2020-2021 school year.
Top 10 States for Teacher Pay
- New York - $87,841
- California - $84,034
- Massachusetts - $84,018
- District of Columbia - $82,278
- Connecticut - $77,858
- New Jersey - $77,717
- Alaska - $77,689
- Maryland - $77,255
- Rhode Island - $75,573
- Illinois - $75,540
Louisiana is #35 with an average teacher salary of $51,408. If this latest proposal passes, teachers would make close to $55,000 a year, but that still would not move them up the list because the state right ahead of Louisiana is Utah which pays teachers $56,689. Texas teachers are paid $61,030 to land at #25 on the list. The Arkansas average teacher salary is $49,039 which puts them at #39 in the nation.