Touching the future earns slightly more than the average Arizona worker. Teacher salaries average $42,224 per year in 2009 data, just above the state’s average wage of $40,913. Teacher Portal reports the Arizona average teacher salaries near the middle when compared to all 50 states in its 2008 ranking. The higher the grade level taught, the higher the mean salary. Preschool to high school teacher salaries range from $25,442 to 47,706.
Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary Teachers
Preschool teachers earn the least of all teaching professionals, with an average of $25,442 per year, with the Arizona median at $21,818. Kindergarten teachers earn almost $10,000 more than preschool teachers with an average of $39,483 and a median of $38,522. Elementary school teachers in Arizona earn $42,446 on average split above and below the median of $39,649.
Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary Special Education Teachers
The Bureau of Labor Statistics combines preschool, kindergarten and elementary special education teachers into one occupational classification. Their average salary of $40,948 and median of $39,418 are skewed data as a result. Within school districts, special education teachers earn more than their teaching colleagues even though it does not show in the consolidated range. The difference visible with middle and secondary school special education teachers is also true at the lower grades.
Middle School Teachers
Teaching seventh and eighth graders increases average salaries to $41,285 for teachers and $41,942 for middle school special education teachers. The medians are $39,042 and 40,617 respectively.
Secondary School Teachers
High school teachers have the highest average salaries at $43,669 and $47,706 for special education teachers in secondary schools. The medians are $41,919 and $45,184 respectively.