Research Salaries in Nebraska

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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Bellevue University

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1000 Galvin Rd S
Bellevue, NE 68005-3098
(402) 291-8100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Chadron State College

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1000 Main St
Chadron, NE 69337-2690
(308) 432-6000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

College of Saint Mary

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7000 Mercy Rd.
Omaha, NE 68106
(402) 399-2400

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Concordia University-Seward

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800 N Columbia Ave
Seward, NE 68434-1556
(800) 535-5494

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Doane College-Crete

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1014 Boswell Avenue
Crete, NE 68333
(402) 826-2161

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Grace University

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1311 S 9th St
Omaha, NE 68108-3629
(402) 449-2800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

Hastings College

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710 N Turner Ave
Hastings, NE 68901
(402) 463-2402

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Midland University

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900 N. Clarkson
Fremont, NE 68025
(800) 642-8382

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Nebraska Wesleyan University

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5000 St Paul Ave
Lincoln, NE 68504-2794
(402) 466-2371

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Northeast Community College

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801 E Benjamin
Norfolk, NE 68702-0469
(402) 371-2020

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Peru State College

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600 Hoyt Street
Peru, NE 68421-0010
(402) 872-3815

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Union College

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3800 S 48th Street
Lincoln, NE 68506
(402) 486-2600

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

University of Nebraska at Kearney

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905 W 25th St
Kearney, NE 68849-1212
(308) 865-8441

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

University of Nebraska at Omaha

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6001 Dodge St
Omaha, NE 68182-0225
(402) 554-2800

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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14th and R St
Lincoln, NE 68588
(402) 472-7211

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Wayne State College

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1111 Main St
Wayne, NE 68787
(402) 375-7000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Western Nebraska Community College

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1601 East 27th Street
Scottsbluff, NE 69361-1899
(308) 635-3606

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

York College

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1125 E 8th St
York, NE 68467-2699
(402) 363-5600

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
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