Research Salaries in New York

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Graduating from college and starting a career is always a daunting experience, especially when considering salary. Those seeking or who currently hold a teaching certification in New York should know upfront that New York State has some of the nation’s best public sector salaries. Becoming a teacher in New York can be an economically wise career move.

Students seeking teaching jobs in the Empire State might be interested to know that, according to the National Education Agency, New York offers the sixth best salary to beginning teachers in the nation ($41,079) and the overall best average teacher salary ($69,118). The New York State Education Department reports it as slightly higher, though — $70,518. Of course, the price of living in New York is significantly higher than in most states; nevertheless, the Empire State adequately compensates its public servants, including a New York certified teacher.

The following data, selected from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics can help teaching candidates determine possible salaries once teaching requirements in New York have been fulfilled.

Education, Training, and Library Occupations Annual mean wage in New York Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $94,740 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $103,860 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $80,640 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $76,710 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $86,740 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $43,650 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $65,510 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $72,840 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $75,340 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $75,250 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $70,010 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $73,770 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $75,470 $39,370

Although the above table lists average teachers’ salaries, it’s important to remember that a teacher’s salary can vary based on location and school district. The following chart lists the state’s three most populous metropolitan areas and their average teacher salaries.

City Annual mean wage
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island NY-NJ-PA $64,610
Rochester, NY $54,810
Buffalo-Niagara Falls $47,250

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