Research Salaries in Kansas

Anyone interested in becoming a Kansas certified teacher is no doubt curious to learn what he or she will be paid. Although their salaries fall below the national average in many areas, educators can still make a decent living after receiving a teaching certificate in Kansas.

Indeed, teaching is not the most lucrative career, but the last decade has been good to Kansas teachers’ salaries, which have risen 4.4% a year between the 2005-2006 and 2008-2009 school years. Even so, the national teacher salary average is higher than the Sunflower State’s. It’s worth noting, however, that the cost of living in Kansas is slightly lower than the national average as well. After finishing their teaching requirements in Kansas and earning teacher certification in Kansas, teachers go on to earn an average income of $44,240 for elementary schools, $46,050 for middle schools, and $45,660 for high schools, with salaries varying depending on a teacher’s experience, degree level, and subject taught.

The following chart, culled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides further details about teacher salaries in Kansas as compared to the national average. Notice that special education, a high-needs area, pays more than general education.

Education, Training, and Library Occupations Annual mean wage in Kansas Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $71,620 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $74,200 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $73,210 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $64,880 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $60,320 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $29,570 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $45,800 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $45,940 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $48,380 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $48,140 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $48,650 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $49,550 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $51,810 $39,370

It’s also wise to keep in mind that salaries can vary greatly from region to region. Below are Kansas’s three largest cities — Wichita, Kansas City, and Topeka — and their teacher salaries from May 2011.

City Annual mean wage
Wichita $40,510
Kansas City $44,860
Topeka $42,110

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Baker University

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618 Eighth Street
Baldwin City, KS 66006-0065
(785) 594-6451

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Benedictine College

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1020 N 2nd St
Atchison, KS 66002-1499
(913) 367-5340

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Bethany College

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335 E Swensson St
Lindsborg, KS 67456-1897
(785) 227-3380 Ext: 8237

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Bethel College-North Newton

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300 E 27th St
North Newton, KS 67117-1716
(316) 283-2500

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Central Christian College of Kansas

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1200 S Main
McPherson, KS 67460-5740
(620) 241-0723 Ext: 331

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

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

Dodge City Community College

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2501 N 14th Ave
Dodge City, KS 67801-2399
(620) 225-1321

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Emporia State University

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1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801-5415
(620) 341-1200

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Fort Hays State University

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600 Park St
Hays, KS 67601-4099
(785) 628-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Friends University

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2100 W. University Ave.
Wichita, KS 67213
(316) 295-5000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Hutchinson Community College

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1300 N Plum St
Hutchinson, KS 67501
(620) 665-3500

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Kansas State University

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Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-6011

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Kansas Wesleyan University

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100 E. Claflin Ave.
Salina, KS 67401-6196
(785) 827-5541 Ext: 1285

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

MidAmerica Nazarene University

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2030 E College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
(913) 782-3750

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Newman University

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3100 McCormick Ave
Wichita, KS 67213-2097
(316) 942-4291

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Ottawa University-Ottawa

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1001 South Cedar
Ottawa, KS 66067-3399
(785) 242-5200

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Pittsburg State University

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1701 S Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762
(620) 231-7000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Seward County Community College and Area Technical School

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1801 N. Kansas Ave.
Liberal, KS 67901
(620) 624-1951

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Southwestern College

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100 College Street
Winfield, KS 67156-6224
(620) 229-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Sterling College

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125 W. Cooper
Sterling, KS 67579
(620) 278-2173

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Tabor College

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400 S Jefferson
Hillsboro, KS 67063-1799
(620) 947-3121 Ext: 1056

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
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