Prospective teachers interested in becoming a teacher in Missouri will want to know what type of salary they can expect to earn in the state’s public school system. According to the Missouri National Education Association, the average salary for a Missouri certified teacher during the 2010-2011 school year was $45,321. This average showed a small increase over the previous school year, ranking Missouri as 46th in the country in terms of teacher salary. However, that figure can vary considerably based on a teacher’s years of experience and the precise location or school district where the teacher is employed.
The type of teaching position will also impact the salary earned once a teacher has acquired teaching certification in Missouri. The chart below indicates average annual salaries for a variety of teaching positions in Missouri as compared to the national averages.
|Occupation||Annual mean wage in Missouri||Annual mean wage in U.S.|
|Business Teachers, Postsecondary||$79,350||$119,410|
|Physics Teachers Postsecondary||$83,290||$90,570|
|Psychology Teachers Postsecondary||$72,490||$76,060|
|Education Teachers Postsecondary||$56,160||$65,630|
|English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary||$62,410||$68,360|
|Preschool Teachers Except Special Education||$27,800||$31,420|
|Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education||$47,070||$52,840|
|Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education||$48,460||$56,320|
|Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education||$53,380||$56,630|
|Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education||$47,510||$58,260|
|Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School||$50,610||$56,690|
|Special Education Teachers Middle School||$56,060||$39,370|
|Special Education Teachers Secondary School||$53,340||$39,370|
In addition, the city in which a teacher works after meeting teaching requirements in Missouri can impact salary figures. Below are the annual averages for the three largest cities in the state, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
|City||Annual mean wage|
|Jefferson City, MO||$38,750|