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Educator Career Outlook and Salary Information

Will you be able to find a job?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for public educators is “good to excellent” for the next ten years. Many teachers are expected to retire over that time period, leaving open positions to be filled.

Western states are expecting continued population growth keeping the outlook for teaching positions very good. The Northeastern states expect to maintain their population growth with a steady demand for educators. The outlook in other pars of the country will vary, but openings are expected at the secondary level, particularly in the hard to fill subjects, such as mathematics and science.

If you are willing to live and educate in urban or rural areas, there are generally more positions available than in suburban areas.


What kind of salary can you expect as an educator?

Salaries for teachers vary throughout the nation and from rural, suburban and urban communities. The most recent salary survey conducted by the American Federation of Teachers found the national average salary for public school elementary and secondary teachers in the 2003-04 school year to be $46,597. Generally, teachers at private schools and at preschools earn less than public school teachers.

Many states are in such need for qualified teachers that they have implemented other incentives to attract teachers to their state. Some states have made it a priority to increase teacher salaries overall. Other states make special home loan and student debt repayment programs available to teachers.


Sources: US Bureau of Labor Statistics,, American Federation of Teachers,


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