Research Salaries in Arizona

Salaries for those who have earned an Arizona teaching license are lower than in many areas of the country, with an average of less than $47,000 in the 2009-2010 school year. The starting salary for an Arizona certified teacher in certain school districts can be less than $35,000 per year. Becoming a teacher in Arizona is not often done for financial gain, especially due to the significant certification and teaching requirements in Arizona.

Many factors can dictate the salary earned by Arizona teachers. These can include the degree level the teacher has earned, how much experience the teacher has, and the level of education the teacher is involved with. Specializing in certain subjects can also increase or decrease a teaching salary. Teaching students interested in working in Arizona should consider their professional interests and whether or not they are able to gain teaching certification in Arizona.

Those considering acquiring an Arizona teaching license should consult the following table, which contains data on teaching professions in Arizona from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These figures illustrate how Arizona teaching salaries compare to those of other states.

Occupation Annual mean wage in Arizona Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $93,550 $86,620
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $93,710 $86,730
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $73,980 $74,890
Education Teachers, Postsecondary $66,510 $65,050
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $70,760 $68,760
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $27,390 $30,150
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $41,490 $52,350
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $42,500 $55,270
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $42,480 $55,780
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $42,920 $56,760
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary School $42,540 $56,460
Special Education Teachers, Middle School $44,630 $58,420
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School $48,610 $59,080

The region of Arizona in which teaching professionals work can also affect their salaries. This data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics illustrates how education salaries stack up in different metropolitan areas.

City Annual mean wage
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ $46,470
Prescott, AZ $42,250
Tucson, AZ $47,930

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Arizona Christian University

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2625 E Cactus Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032-7097
(602) 489-5300

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

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  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Arizona State University

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University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85287
(480) 965-2100

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  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
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  • Post-Masters

Arizona Western College

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2020 S. Avenue 8E
Yuma, AZ 85365-8834
(928) 317-6000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Central Arizona College

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8470 N Overfield Rd
Coolidge, AZ 85128-9030
(520) 494-5444

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  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Cochise College

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4190 W Highway 80
Douglas, AZ 85607-9724
(520) 515-0500

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Eastern Arizona College

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615 N. Stadium Ave.
Thatcher, AZ 85552-0769
(928) 428-8322

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Grand Canyon University

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3300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85017
(800) 800-9776

Type of School:

  • Private for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Mohave Community College

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1971 Jagerson Ave
Kingman, AZ 86409-1238
(928) 757-4331

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Northern Arizona University

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Knoles Drive, Babbitt Administrative Center
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4132
(928) 523-9011

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
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Ottawa University-Phoenix

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10020 North 25th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021
(602) 371-1188

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

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  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Pima Community College

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4905C East Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85709-1275
(520) 206-4500

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Prescott College

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220 Grove Ave
Prescott, AZ 86301
(877) 350-2100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

University of Arizona

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1401 E University
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066
(520) 621-2211

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
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  • Post-Masters
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