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An Alaska certified teacher must negotiate salary directly with the school district. Unlike other states, Alaska does not mandate a salary schedule that indicates base salary and pay raises for experience. Those interested in becoming a teacher in Alaska should note that this often results in extreme pay differences from district to district.

Recent salary information for Alaska teachers is available through the Association of Alaska School Boards 2009-2010 salary and benefits reports for public school teachers. Entry-level salaries for those with a teaching certification in Alaska range from a low of $31,730 in the Chugach School District to a maximum of $51,500 from the North Slope Borough School District. Average teacher salaries for all experience levels within Alaska school districts ranged from a low of $40,036 per year up to $69,598 per year.

Individuals who are researching teaching requirements in Alaska should think carefully before selecting a teaching specialty. As the following graph from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows, paychecks for Alaska educators can vary widely based on the teaching position. Note that this table does not include pay rates for postsecondary psychology and physics teachers, as these statistics were not available as of 2012.

Occupation Annual mean wage in Alaska Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $61,940 $89,100
Education Teachers Postsecondary $82,640 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $85,380 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $35,120 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $68,290 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $70,190 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $69,600 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $71,040 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Preschool Kindergarten and Elementary School $65,030 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $67,010 $59,540
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $72,460 $60,410

Teaching salaries within the state are generally highest in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest metropolitan area. These are the average teacher salaries for Alaska’s three largest metropolitan areas.

City Annual mean wage
Anchorage, AK $52,440
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area $44,770
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area $58,180

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