According to the Nebraska Department of Education, the average salary for a Nebraska certified teacher is $47,402. However, 47% percent of Nebraska’s teachers have a master’s degree and an average of 15.2 years of teaching experience. Since degree level and years of experience significantly impact salary, individuals interested in becoming a teacher in Nebraska should take this into consideration. Additional factors such as school district and subject matter taught will determine the salary of a teacher who has recently satisfied the teaching requirements in Nebraska.
Individuals interested in earning teaching certification in Nebraska may find the following table helpful. It contains U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data comparing Nebraska-specific salary data with U.S. averages. Included in the table are average salaries for elementary, middle, and high school; special education; and postsecondary teachers.
|Occupation||Annual Mean Wage in Nebraska||Annual Mean Wage in U.S.|
|Business Teachers, Postsecondary||$71,480||$119,410|
|Physics Teachers Postsecondary||$73,050||$90,570|
|Psychology Teachers Postsecondary||$63,480||$76,060|
|Education Teachers Postsecondary||$59,560||$65,630|
|English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary||$60,040||$68,360|
|Preschool Teachers Except Special Education||$30,940||$31,420|
|Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education||$46,340||$52,840|
|Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education||$48,240||$56,320|
|Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education||$50,520||$56,630|
|Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education||$49,820||$58,260|
|Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School||$47,790||$56,690|
|Special Education Teachers Middle School||$48,330||$39,370|
|Special Education Teachers Secondary School||$50,410||$39,370|
District size greatly impacts average salaries. The table below shows salary data for school districts in three of Nebraska’s largest metropolitan areas.
|City||Annual Mean Wage|
|Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area||$41,110|
|Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area||$42,040|
- Nebraska Department of Education – Quick Facts about Nebraska Schools
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – Annual wages for education, training, and library occupations