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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
Lincoln, NE $50,560
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area $41,110
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area $42,040

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