The Best-Paying Cities for High School Teachers

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Teachers’ salaries are a widely debated topic in the U.S. As a whole, many believe they are underpaid — partially because of No Child Left Behind, partially because their role in society is drastically underappreciated.

In some respects, high school teachers have one of the toughest jobs in America. While they’re trying to get a bunch of teenagers to listen to what they have to say about the French Revolution and subordinate clauses, insubordination often ensues.

However, there are some cities where high school teachers earn far more than the average American. StartClass compiled all the public data available on educators’ salaries and found the 25 cities where high school teachers are paid the most.

Of course, if someone is going into the education field, it’s likely that money isn’t their top priority. But raking in some extra dough sure does help to combat the frustration of having to deal with a pubescent bad boy or mean girl.

#25. BAKERSFIELD, CA

Average high school teacher salary: $68,610

1-year percent change: +0.5%

5-year percent change: -1.2%

#24. WORCESTER, MA

Average high school teacher salary: $68,680

1-year percent change: +0.3%

5-year percent change: +9.1%

#23. SACRAMENTO, CA

Average high school teacher salary: $69,220

1-year percent change: +2.1%

5-year percent change: +6.9%

#22. ANCHORAGE, AK

Average high school teacher salary: $69,240

1-year percent change: +1.1%

5-year percent change: N/A

#21. HOLLAND, MI

Average high school teacher salary: $69,320

1-year percent change: +0.5%

5-year percent change: +17.9%

#20. OXNARD, CA

Average high school teacher salary: $69,330

1-year percent change: +3.6%

5-year percent change: +8.1%

#19. RIVERSIDE, CA

Average high school teacher salary: $69,450

1-year percent change: -2.0%

5-year percent change: +1.4%

#18. TRENTON, NJ

Average high school teacher salary: $69,660

1-year percent change: +0.3%

5-year percent change: -1.0%

#17. DANBURY, CT

Average high school teacher salary: $69,680

1-year percent change: +0.7%

5-year percent change: -2.0%

#16. SANTA CRUZ, CA

Average high school teacher salary: $70,220

1-year percent change: +1.8%

5-year percent change: +7.5%

#15. HARTFORD, CT

Average high school teacher salary: $70,760

1-year percent change: +1.3%

5-year percent change: -4.1%

#14. NEW HAVEN, CT

Average high school teacher salary: $70,900

1-year percent change: +1.2%

5-year percent change: +5.4%

#13. YUBA CITY, CA

Average high school teacher salary: $72,170

1-year percent change: +23.6%

5-year percent change: -9.3%

#12. SALINAS, CA

Average high school teacher salary: $72,340

1-year percent change: +14.9%

5-year percent change: +7.8%

#11. VISALIA, CA

Average high school teacher salary: $72,620

1-year percent change: +6.2%

5-year percent change: +4.3%

#10. SAN DIEGO, CA

Average high school teacher salary: $72,820

1-year percent change: +4.4%

5-year percent change: -0.7%

#9. HANFORD, CA

Average high school teacher salary: $73,570

1-year percent change: +36.8%

5-year percent change: +35.0%

#8. KINGSTON, NY

Average high school teacher salary: $74,010

1-year percent change: +7.6%

5-year percent change: -4.6%

#7. BRIDGEPORT, CT

Average high school teacher salary: $74,180

1-year percent change: +1.5%

5-year percent change: -2.0%

#6. EL CENTRO, CA

Average high school teacher salary: $74,320

1-year percent change: +9.9%

5-year percent change: +4.6%

#5. MODESTO, CA

Average high school teacher salary: $74,440

1-year percent change: +0.7%

5-year percent change: -3.6%

#4. SAN JOSE, CA

Average high school teacher salary: $75,030

1-year percent change: +2.3%

5-year percent change: -2.7%

#3. NEW BEDFORD, MA

Average high school teacher salary: $75,710

1-year percent change: +0.4%

5-year percent change: +9.1%

#2. FRESNO, CA

Average high school teacher salary: $76,450

1-year percent change: +8.8%

5-year percent change: +16.7%

#1. POUGHKEEPSIE, NY

Average high school teacher salary: $80,760

1-year percent change: +3.2%

5-year percent change: +10.1%

Written by Will Laws of FindTheBest.com

(Source: MSN)

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