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The Oregon School Board Association (OSBA) conducts most of the salary studies that report salary schedules of educators in Oregon’s public school system. During the 2011-2012 school year, a first-year Oregon certified teacher earned an average salary of $32,864 per year, down slightly from the previous year’s average of $33,028 per year. Substitute teachers in Oregon typically earn a daily prorated salary equal to 85% of the teacher’s salary for those who have reached full teacher certification in Oregon.

Individuals who have fulfilled their teaching requirements in Oregon are typically beholden to their school district’s salary schedule. Individual school districts determine pay rates based on experience for educators, administrators, and maintenance staff. Earning a master’s-level degree will add about $4,000 per year to a teacher’s salary.

Those interested in becoming a teacher in Oregon should be aware of how their teaching concentration can affect their paycheck. These May 2011 salary statistics, made available by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, show that Oregon teacher salaries can greatly vary from national averages.

Occupation Annual mean wage in Oregon Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $84,200 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $93,070 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $79,860 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $63,400 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $78,540 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $27,440 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $53,680 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $55,200 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $55,920 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $55,820 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $42,690 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $55,090 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $59,800 $39,370

Oregon’s largest city is Portland. With a population nearing 600,000, it is almost three times the size of both Eugene and Salem, the next most populated cities. As the following BLS salary data indicates, the larger population typically pays off with higher salaries for teachers.

City Annual mean wage
Eugene-Springfield, OR $50,990
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA $49,940
Salem OR $50,780

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