Research Salaries in Louisiana

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Becoming a teacher in Louisiana, or any other state, can lead to an uncertain financial future. In order to gauge potential salaries after fulfilling the teaching requirements in Louisiana, students are encouraged to research the average salary for a Louisiana certified teacher.

Instead of a state-wide salary schedule for teachers, Louisiana has mandated minimum salary schedules at the county and parish level. Salaries depend upon experience and higher education, so students pursuing teaching certification in Louisiana should speak with their parish for exact figures. The following table from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics compares the annual mean wages of various teaching positions in Louisiana against the U.S averages for 2011.

Occupation Annual mean wage in Louisiana Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $79,110 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $79,560 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $65,820 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $60,890 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $53,540 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $31,930 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $48,740 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $47,440 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $48,870 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $49,470 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $47,040 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $49,750 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $48,930 $39,370

As salary schedules differ by parish, the region in which a teacher is employed will greatly affect their annual salary. Below is a comparison of the average teacher’s salaries for the three largest metropolitan areas in Louisiana.

City Annual mean wage
Baton Rouge, LA $48,240
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner LA $46,820
Shreveport-Bossier City LA $43,430

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