Research Salaries in Alabama

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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Alabama A & M University

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4900 Meridian Street
Normal, AL 35762
(256) 372-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Alabama State University

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915 S Jackson Street
Montgomery, AL 36104-0271
(334) 229-4100

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Athens State University

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300 N Beaty St
Athens, AL 35611
(256) 233-8100

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Auburn University

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Auburn, Alabama
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Birmingham Southern College

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900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL 35254
(205) 226-4600

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Faulkner University

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5345 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, AL 36109-3390
(334) 272-5820

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Huntingdon College

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1500 East Fairview Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36106-2148
(334) 833-4222

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Jacksonville State University

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700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265
(256) 782-5781

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Judson College

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302 Bibb St
Marion, AL 36756
(334) 683-5100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Miles College

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5500 Myron Massey Blvd
Fairfield, AL 35064-2621
(205) 929-1000 Ext: 1645

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Oakwood University

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7000 Adventist Blvd NW
Huntsville, AL 35896
(256) 726-7000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Samford University

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800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229-2240
(205) 726-2011

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Spring Hill College

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4000 Dauphin St
Mobile, AL 36608-1791
(251) 380-4000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Talladega College

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627 W Battle St
Talladega, AL 35160
(256) 761-6100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

The University of Alabama

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739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0166
(205) 348-6010

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Tuskegee University

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Kresge Center, 3rd Floor
Tuskegee, AL 36088-1920
(334) 727-8011

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

United States Sports Academy

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One Academy Drive
Daphne, AL 36526-7055
(251) 626-3303 Ext: 7141

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham, AL 35294-0110
(205) 934-4011

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Mobile

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5735 College Parkway Drive
Mobile, AL 36613-2842
(251) 675-5990

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

University of South Alabama

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307 N University Blvd
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
(251) 460-6101

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters
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