As of 2011, Maryland's public school's have ranked number one for three years in a row on Education Week's "Quality Counts" annual school ranking report. The Maryland Department of Education overseas 24 different school districts within the state. Teachers' salaries vary widely among different school districts in the state of Maryland. However, as a whole, Maryland is one of the highest-paying states for a teacher to work.
As of 2010, the average annual salary for a teacher in Maryland was $63,971. Teacher Portal ranks Maryland as the 9th highest paying state in the United States. However, Teacher Portal also ranks Maryland 37th on their comfort scale, which indicates that while teacher pay in Maryland is higher than many states, it may not provide a comfortable existence because of the high cost of living in Maryland.
Maryland schools are divided into six regions. Teachers in the Baltimore Metropolitan region earn an average salary of $61.017. Teachers in the National Capital Area earn an average salary of $71,170. The Montgomery schools, which are part of the National Capital Area, report an annual salary of $75,167, the highest average yearly salary in the state. The Western Maryland region pays an average annual salary of $60,650 and the Southern Maryland region pays an average annual salary of $63,670. The Upper Shore and Lower Shore regions report average annual salaries of $56,573 and $57,479 respectively.
Teacher salaries in Maryland increase with each year of experience. Also, teachers with more education and higher levels of certification earn a higher salary. For example, in Calvert, Maryland, a teacher with 10 years of experience earns $64,663 per year with just a Bachelor's degree while a teacher with 10 years of experience and a Master's degree earns $69,091.
Teachers may choose to enroll in state-sponsored medical, prescription, vision, dental, accident, disability, long-term care and supplemental life insurance plans. As of 2011, single medical insurance plans are offered at rates of $26.32 to $43.44 biweekly, depending on the plan selected. Family plans are offered at higher rates. State employees are granted 6 days of personal leave and 15 days of sick leave each year. All teachers must participate in the state retirement system and must contribute 5 percent of their salary to their retirement fund; however, employers also contribute to the plan.