Research Salaries in Colorado

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For those in the process of attaining teaching certification in Colorado, the most pressing concern is often their financial future. Prospective educators want to know what their eventual salary will be once they have completed the teaching requirements in Colorado and have entered the job market.

The salary system for teachers in Colorado is currently in flux, and it varies by county and district. As a result, a Colorado certified teacher would currently receive performance-based pay in some counties and districts, or fall under a traditional salary schedule, such as in Colorado Springs School District. The statewide average salary for Colorado teachers in 2011 was $49,046, according to the Colorado Department of Education.

Students currently involved in becoming a teacher in Colorado should consult the following table from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.The table includes a sampling of salaries for several Colorado postsecondary teaching positions, special education teachers, and teachers for the preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and high school grade levels.

Occupation Annual mean wage in Colorado Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $84,730 $89,100
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $80,280 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $62,550 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $65,560 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $82,290 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $34,240 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $45,230 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $49,720 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $50,300 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $51,540 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $51,670 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $51,060 $59,540
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $53,630 $60,410

Region of employment also greatly affects the salary of teachers within Colorado. Below is a table comparing the annual mean salaries of the three largest metropolitan in Colorado.

City Annual mean wage
Boulder, CO $57,050
Colorado Springs CO $43,300
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield CO $54,000

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