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Just the Facts - Key Economic and Social Indicators for New York State

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Table 47
Rank State Amt.   Rank State Amt.
1 Connecticut $51,584   27 Tennessee $36,500
2 New Jersey 51,193   28 North Carolina 36,098
3 NEW YORK $49,437   29 Florida 35,916
4 Pennsylvania 48,457   30 Alabama 35,820
5 Michigan 48,207   31 Kentucky 35,526
6 Alaska 46,845   32 Texas 35,041
7 Rhode Island 45,650   33 Arizona 35,025
8 Illinois 45,569   34 Iowa 34,927
9 California 45,400   35 Maine 34,906
10 Massachusetts 45,075   36 Missouri 34,746
11 Delaware 43,164   37 South Carolina 34,506
12 Oregon 42,833   38 West Virginia 34,244
13 Maryland 42,526   39 Idaho 34,063
14 Indiana 41,163   40 Wyoming 33,500
15 Wisconsin 40,657   41 Utah 32,950
16 Ohio 40,566   42 Nebraska 32,880
17 Hawaii 40,377   43 Louisiana 32,510
18 Georgia 39,675   44 New Mexico 32,398
19 Minnesota 39,458   45 Arkansas 32,350
20 Nevada 38,883   46 Montana 31,356
21 Washington 38,692   47 Oklahoma 31,149
22 Colorado 38,025   48 Mississippi 29,530
23 Virginia 37,475   49 North Dakota 28,976
24 Kansas 37,405   50 South Dakota 28,552
25 New Hampshire 37,405   U.S. average $40,582
26 Vermont 36,800   N.Y.S. % above avg. 21.8%
Source: National Education Association http://www.nea.org/publiced/edstats/salaries.html
After adjusting for inflation, teacher salaries rose 8.5% in New York and 1.6% nationally from 1987 through 1997, according to NEA data.