Research Salaries in Alabama

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An Alabama certified teacher earns more money at the beginning of his career than all other first-year teachers working in America, which makes a convincing argument for obtaining a teaching certification in Alabama. Alabama’s low-end salary rate of $36,144 per year for first-year teachers with a bachelor’s degree is almost $4,000 higher than the national average. Becoming a teacher in Alabama doesn’t include a six-figure paycheck, however, and budget constraints have made it difficult for legislators to extend raises and cost of living adjustments to teachers.

The following table shows average May 2011 salaries for those who have fulfilled the teaching requirements in Alabama. Individuals thinking about obtaining their teaching certification in Alabama should consult this information as pay can vary widely based on the position.

Occupation Annual mean wage in Alabama Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $78,240 $89,100
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $78,630 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $68,910 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $57,390 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $52,330 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $27,700 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $47,990 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $48,970 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $48,830 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $50,120 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $50,170 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $52,200 $59,540
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $52,390 $60,410

Within the state of Alabama, the Birmingham Business Journal reports that the metropolitan areas of Auburn and Tuscaloosa had the highest average salaries among Alabama educators. This is largely due to college professor salaries at Auburn University and Tuscaloosa’s University of Alabama. Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama, has the third-highest teacher pay.

City Annual mean wage
Birmingham-Hoover, AL $49,790
Mobile AL $49,140
Montgomery AL $38,380

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