Research Salaries in Iowa

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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Briar Cliff University

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3303 Rebecca Street
Sioux City, IA 51104
(712) 279-5321

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  • 4-year

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Buena Vista University

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610 W 4th St
Storm Lake, IA 50588
(712) 749-2400

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  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors
  • Masters

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

Central College

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812 University
Pella, IA 50219
(877) 462-3687

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors

Clarke University

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1550 Clarke Dr
Dubuque, IA 52001-3198
(563) 588-6300

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  • 4-year

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Cornell College

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600 First St. SW
Mount Vernon, IA 52314-1098
(319) 895-4000

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

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

Dordt College

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498 4th Ave NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250-1697
(712) 722-6000

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  • 4-year

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Drake University

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2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311-4505
(515) 271-2011

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  • 4-year

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Emmaus Bible College

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2570 Asbury Rd
Dubuque, IA 52001-3096
(563) 588-8000

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

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  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

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1900 NW 4th St
Ankeny, IA 50023-2152
(515) 964-0601

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

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  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

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  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

Graceland University-Lamoni

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1 University Place
Lamoni, IA 50140
(641) 784-5000

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  • 4-year

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Grand View University

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1200 Grandview Ave
Des Moines, IA 50316
(515) 263-2800

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  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors
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Indian Hills Community College

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525 Grandview Ave
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 683-5111

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Iowa State University

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3410 Beardshear Hall
Ames, IA 50011-2030
(515) 294-5836

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  • 4-year

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Iowa Wesleyan College

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601 N Main Street
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
(319) 385-8021

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  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors

Loras College

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1450 Alta Vista
Dubuque, IA 52004-0178
(563) 588-7100

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

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Morningside College

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1501 Morningside Ave
Sioux City, IA 51106-1751
(712) 274-5000

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors
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Mount Mercy University

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1330 Elmhurst Dr NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4797
(319) 363-8213

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors
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Northwestern College

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101 Seventh St SW
Orange City, IA 51041
(712) 707-7000

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Saint Ambrose University

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518 W Locust St
Davenport, IA 52803-2898
(563) 333-6000

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  • 4-year

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Simpson College

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701 North C St
Indianola, IA 50125
(515) 961-6251 Ext: 1517

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  • 4-year

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