Research Salaries in Kansas

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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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