Pennsylvania teacher starting salaries are generally set by the state’s department of education and by school districts. New teacher salaries are based upon the levels of postsecondary education teachers have when they are hired. Some school districts pay higher starting wages than others. Pennsylvania teachers earn salaries above the national average, but they lag behind top paying states like nearby New Jersey and Maryland.
Starting Salary Across State
Teacher Portal reports that as of 2006 starting salaries for Pennsylvania teachers averaged $34,976 per year. In 2007, only 30 percent of new teachers in the state earned $40,000 a year according to the Pennsylvania State Education Association. Teacher World reports that as of 2009, Pennsylvania was paying its new teachers approximately $37,950 a year, almost a $3,000 increase over the 2006 starting wage.
New Teacher Salaries in Philadelphia
If new teachers working in Philadelphia have their state certification and a bachelor’s degree, they can earn as much as $41,111. Having a master’s degree helps new Pennsylvania teachers to collect $42,321 a year. Special education teachers start out earning $41,867 a year if they have their state certification. However, if they also have a master’s degree, their beginning annual salary is $43,076.
Across School Districts
Teachers in the Bucks County, Palisades District, started out earning $37,700 a year, while teachers working in the Quakertown Community earned $41,222 as of 2008, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Working in Pennridge helped new teachers to earn $36,000 a year. Additionally, Montgomery County’s Boyertown Area schools paid their new teachers $41,240, while Chester County’s Downington teachers earned $43,330 a year. Teachers in Delaware County’s Garnet Valley school district started out earning slightly lower salaries at $38,576 a year, while Avon Grove paid its new teachers $34,923 a year.
State Teacher Average Salaries
The average annual wage that Pennsylvania elementary teachers earned, regardless of their experience, was $52,370 as of May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics . Middle school teachers earned $57,000 a year. Across the state, all secondary teachers, regardless of the classroom level they taught, earned $55,150 a year. Starting salaries for new teachers were about $10,000 a year below the average annual wage teachers earned in Pennsylvania.