Research Salaries in Iowa

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Although becoming a teacher in Iowa can be emotionally rewarding, it’s only prudent to know what kind of salary to expect once all of the teaching requirements in Iowa are met. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the salary of an Iowa certified teacher falls slightly below the national average. The only area in which an educator receives more is physics at the postsecondary level. Otherwise, the salary is about $10,000 less. In special education, the gap is even greater. A student with a teaching certificate in Iowa who goes into special education at the secondary level (6-12) will receive about $13,000 less than fellow teachers in other states. Despite these differences, salaries in Iowa are still sufficient enough to make a respectable living.

Students considering becoming teachers in Iowa should consult the following chart. The information is derived from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and lists Iowa’s average teacher salaries by specialization and in comparison with national averages.

Education, Training, and Library Occupations Annual mean wage in Iowa Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $85,470 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $91,990 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $71,640 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $63,550 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $61,530 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $27,060 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $46,880 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $48,950 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $51,050 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $46,820 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $48,570 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $47,990 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $48,910 $39,370

It’s also wise to keep in mind that salaries can vary from region to region. Below are Iowa’s three largest cities — Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport — and their teacher salaries from May 2011.

City Annual mean wage
Cedar Rapids, IA $44,780
Iowa City, IA $79,170
Des Moines-West Des Moines IA $45,000

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