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|
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – annual wages for education, training, and library occupations