The States Where Your Teacher’s Salary Goes The Farthest

The subject of teacher’s salary has been in the news a lot lately. And while activists work on reforms, it’s important to remember that cost of living varies and teachers are not immune.

Around the country, incomes vary widely by profession. For example, the tech salaries in San Francisco are among the highest in the world. However, when cost of living is considered, Austin Texas comes out ahead.

Your teacher’s salary is no different. Median salaries vary from state to state and even city to city. The cost and standard of living has a large impact on that. Much like Austin, here are the cities where your teacher’s salary goes the furthest.

According to Indeed.com:

15. Philadelphia, PA

Average salary: $45,434
Salary adjusted for cost of living: $42,754

14. Charlotte, NC

Average salary: $41,308
Salary adjusted for cost of living: $43,993

13. Jacksonville, FL

Average salary: $42,534
Salary adjusted for cost of living: $44,320

12. Tampa, FL

Average salary: $44,992
Salary adjusted for cost of living: $45,082

11. Orlando, FL

Average salary: $45,009
Salary adjusted for cost of living: $45,909

10. Dallas, TX

Average salary: $47,633
Salary adjusted for cost of living: $47,538

9. Austin, TX

Average salary: $48,299
Salary adjusted for cost of living: $48,299

8. St. Louis, MO

Average salary: $44,899
Salary adjusted for cost of living: $49,030

7. Houston, TX

Average salary: $50,662
Salary adjusted for cost of living: $49,851

6. Detroit, MI

Average salary: $48,010
Salary adjusted for cost of living: $49,978

5. Memphis, TN

Average salary: $47,020
Salary adjusted for cost of living: $51,252

4. San Antonio, TX

Average salary: $49,533
Salary adjusted for cost of living: $52,307

3. Atlanta, GA

Average salary: $51,539
Salary adjusted for cost of living: $53,446

2. Richmond, VA

Average salary: $53,477
Salary adjusted for cost of living: $55,563

1. Seattle, WA

Average salary: $62,557
Salary adjusted for cost of living: $55,989

Location Matters

As you can see, when accounting for cost of living, the adjusted salary changes. However, that goes both ways. If we look at the #1 city on this list, teacher salaries in Seattle are higher overall but become lower when cost of living is factored in. The resulting number is still the highest overall but represents a significant “loss” considering how expensive Seattle is to live in.

If we compare Seattle to the #10 city on the list, Dallas: we see that the adjusted teacher’s salary in Dallas is almost the same.

So, let’s say you’re a teacher in Seattle and you’re thinking of moving to Dallas. You know that your salary is probably going to wind up being less in Dallas, but is it actually worth less?

Let’s use City vs City to examine the cost of living comparison between Seattle and Dallas:

According to the above comparison, 33% LESS gross income is needed to live in Dallas than Seattle.

City vs City is a powerful cost of living tool that uses real data curated at the zip code level to calculate cost of living. As a result, you can compare the costs in your current city with another city of your choosing.

If you’re thinking of moving, don’t make a move without downloading City vs City first.