New York teachers make some of the highest salaries in the nation. The average salary for elementary school teachers is $68,000, while the average for secondary school teachers is $70,000. Your individual salary as a teacher, however, will depend on many factors:
There is wide variation in pay among New York school districts. Major metropolitan areas such as New York City pay teachers a much higher salary, but living expenses are higher there, too. So it doesn’t always follow that a teaching position that pays $60,000 per year is better than one that pays $40,000.
Nationwide, the average starting teacher salary is $34,000 per year. Most schools aren’t willing to pay teachers more until they have proven themselves with a few years in the classroom. New York school districts, however, take the opposite approach: they offer new teachers a higher starting salary, financial bonuses, and unique benefits such as housing subsidies to attract and retain them.
The state also rewards experience, too, and as your number of years in the classroom increases, so will your salary.
School districts know students benefit from highly educated teachers, so most New York schools are willing to pay more to teachers with master’s degrees. A master’s degree can increase your salary by $10,000 to $20,000 more per year.
Many school districts offer significantly higher pay for educators willing to teach in high-needs schools or subjects with teacher shortages such as special education, science, or math.
Fortunately, with New Yorkers placing such a high priority on public education, teachers there tend to be paid good salaries with excellent benefits. And teachers who take advantage of all the ways to increase their salaries—earning an advanced degree, teaching in a shortage area, and extra training—can even earn six figures in some areas of the state. Teaching in New York can definitely be a lucrative career for motivated teachers!
Last Updated: 05/15/2014