Research Salaries in Kentucky

Expectation of a low salary is one of the most often-cited deterrents for students seeking teaching certification in Kentucky. Students are therefore advised to research average salary data of first-time and veteran educators before fulfilling the teaching requirements in Kentucky.

The average salary for a Kentucky certified teacher is set by a state-mandated salary schedule based on length of classroom experience and ranks determined by certification, level of degree, and postgraduate work. Educators with a master’s degree and 30 hours of approved graduate work are paid highest, and will earn a minimum of $35,487 in their first three years under the most recent salary schedule. This rises to a yearly minimum of $44,857 after 20 years. However, the bare minimum salary is only the starting point; average salaries are often a more telling picture of the salary you can expect in your teaching career.

Students interested in becoming a teacher in Kentucky should consult the following table with information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which compares the annual mean salary of various educational careers in Kentucky against the national equivalent.

Occupation Annual mean wage in Kentucky Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $96,590 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $77,050 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $69,910 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $67,920 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $58,410 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $36,750 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $51,630 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $50,360 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $50,790 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $51,960 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $50,670 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $50,660 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $51,140 $39,370

In addition to a teacher’s field of instruction, average salaries will vary depending on the teacher’s district of employment. This table compares the average salary for teachers in Kentucky’s three largest urban centers.

City Annual mean wage
Bowling Green, KY $50,090
Lexington-Fayette KY $54,970
Elizabethtown, KY $46,220

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Alice Lloyd College

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100 Purpose Rd
Pippa Passes, KY 41844
(606) 368-2101

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Asbury University

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1 Macklem Dr
Wilmore, KY 40390-1198
(859) 858-3511

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Bellarmine University

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2001 Newburg Rd
Louisville, KY 40205-0671
(502) 272-8263

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Berea College

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101 Chestnut Street
Berea, KY 40404-2182
(859) 985-3000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Brescia University

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717 Frederica St
Owensboro, KY 42301-3023
(270) 685-3131

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Campbellsville University

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1 University Dr
Campbellsville, KY 42718-2799
(270) 789-5000 Ext: 5000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Eastern Kentucky University

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521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, KY 40475-3102
(859) 622-1000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Georgetown College

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400 East College Street
Georgetown, KY 40324-1696
(502) 863-8000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Kentucky Christian University

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100 Academic Pkwy
Grayson, KY 41143-1199
(606) 474-3000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Kentucky State University

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400 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601-2355
(502) 597-6000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Kentucky Wesleyan College

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3000 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 926-3111

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Lindsey Wilson College

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210 Lindsey Wilson St
Columbia, KY 42728-1223
(270) 384-2126

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Midway College

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512 E. Stephens St
Midway, KY 40347-1120
(859) 846-4421

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Morehead State University

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University Blvd
Morehead, KY 40351
(606) 783-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Murray State University

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218 Wells Hall
Murray, KY 42071-3318
(270) 809-3011

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Northern Kentucky University

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Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
(859) 572-5100

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Owensboro Community and Technical College

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4800 New Hartford Rd
Owensboro, KY 42303
(270) 686-4400

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Spalding University

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901 S Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40203-2188
(502) 585-9911

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Thomas More College

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333 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017-3495
(859) 341-5800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Transylvania University

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300 N Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508-1797
(859) 233-8300

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
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