Research Salaries in North Carolina

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Becoming a teacher in North Carolina leads many to wonder about their future salaries. To assuage fears regarding their potential income once the teaching requirements in North Carolina have been fulfilled, future educators should research the average salaries for North Carolina certified teachers.

North Carolina utilizes state-mandated salary schedules to determine a teacher’s minimum salary. Annual increases in salary are determined by experience as well as level of certification. Students pursuing teacher certification in North Carolina should also view the following table of annual mean salaries for various teaching positions within the state compared to the national averages. This table was generated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Occupation Annual mean wage in North Carolina Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $86,990 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $84,480 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $69,300 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $62,780 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $59,870 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $25,530 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $41,510 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $42,870 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $42,160 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $43,510 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $44,080 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $43,390 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $44,870 $39,370

These figures are compiled on the state level, and deviate greatly depending on the area in which a teacher is employed. The following table compares the averages of the three largest metropolitan centers in North Carolina.

City Annual mean wage
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC $43,450
Greensboro-High Point NC $44,780
Raleigh-Cary NC $48,720

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