Research Salaries in Missouri

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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
Joplin, MO $40,930
Springfield, MO $49,010

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