Research Salaries in North Carolina

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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Appalachian State University

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Dougherty Administration Building
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Barton College

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200 ACC Drive NE
Wilson, NC 27893-7000
(252) 399-6300

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Bennett College

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900 E Washington St
Greensboro, NC 27401-3239
(336) 517-2100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Brevard College

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One Brevard College Drive
Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 883-8292

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Campbell University

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450 Leslie Campbell Ave
Buies Creek, NC 27506
(910) 893-1200 Ext: 1265

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Catawba College

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2300 W Innes St
Salisbury, NC 28144
(704) 637-4111

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Chowan University

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One University Place
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
(252) 398-6500

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

East Carolina University

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East 5th Street
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
(252) 328-6131

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Elizabeth City State University

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1704 Weeksville Rd
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 335-3400

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Elon University

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100 Campus Drive
Elon, NC 27244-2010
(336) 278-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Fayetteville State University

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1200 Murchison Rd
Fayetteville, NC 28301-4298
(910) 672-1111

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Gardner-Webb University

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Main St
Boiling Springs, NC 28017-0997
(704) 406-2361

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Greensboro College

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815 W Market St
Greensboro, NC 27401-1875
(336) 272-7102

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

High Point University

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833 Montlieu Ave
High Point, NC 27262-3598
(336) 841-9000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Johnson C Smith University

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100 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216-5398
(704) 378-1000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Lees-McRae College

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191 Main Street
Banner Elk, NC 28604
(828) 898-5241

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Lenoir Community College

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231 Highway 58 South
Kinston, NC 28502-0188
(252) 527-6223

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Lenoir-Rhyne University

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625 7th Avenue NE
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 328-1741

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Livingstone College

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701 W Monroe St
Salisbury, NC 28144
(704) 216-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Mars Hill University

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100 Athletic St
Mars Hill, NC 28754
(828) 689-4968

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
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