The average teacher makes between $54,000 and $57,000 per year. However, there is a large range in salaries for teachers depending on their years of experience and education.
Teacher salaries are determined by the school district through negotiations with the teachers' union. A starting teacher salary can range anywhere from $27,000 in Montana to $44,000 in Alaska. Washington D.C. has a standard teacher salary that starts at $51,000. Generally, teachers receive higher salaries the longer they teach and the more credits they earn. In Nassau, New York, the average teacher salary sits far above the rest of the country at $91,000.