Research Salaries in Pennsylvania

The salary earned by a Pennsylvania certified teacher is generally better than the national average when experience and education level is taken into account. However, salary issues have caused contention in recent years between teachers’ unions and public watchdog groups. Through the first half of 2012, Pennsylvania public schools endured two separate strikes affecting 600 teachers in isolated school districts. Those interested in becoming a teacher in Pennsylvania should be aware of the volatility of this issue.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released salary information that indicated the salary levels of elementary, middle school, and secondary teachers across Pennsylvania. As of May 2010, all three earned average salaries between $53,000 per year and $59,000 per year. Substitute teachers earn a prorated salary based on the salaries paid to full-time teachers by a district. The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) reported that substitutes in Pennsylvania earned daily wages ranging from $70 to $155 during the 2010-2011 school year.

Earning a teaching certification in Pennsylvania results in better salaries than the national average for all common positions, except that of preschool teachers. The following salary statistics from the BLS provide a salary snapshot of Pennsylvania teachers from May 2011.

Occupation Annual mean wage in Pennsylvania Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $86,240 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $90,120 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $80,520 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $73,320 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $75,130 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $27,800 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $55,500 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $60,000 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $58,950 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $61,470 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $61,070 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $63,380 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $63,510 $39,370

An individual completing their teaching requirements in Pennsylvania will earn a salary based on the salary schedule enforced by their school district. In Pennsylvania, teachers from the Philadelphia metro area make significantly more than the national average.

City Annual mean wage
Altoona, PA $44,360
Philadelphia PA Metropolitan Division $60,730
Pittsburgh PA $55,450

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Albright College

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1621 N. 13th St.
Reading, PA 19612-5234
(610) 921-2381

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Alvernia University

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400 Saint Bernardine St
Reading, PA 19607-1799
(610) 796-8200

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Arcadia University

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450 S Easton Rd
Glenside, PA 19038-3295
(215) 572-2900

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Baptist Bible College & Seminary of Pennsylvania

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538 Venard Rd
Clarks Summit, PA 18411-1250
(570) 586-2400

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

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400 E Second St
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
(570) 389-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Bucknell University

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One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 577-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Bucks County Community College

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275 Swamp Rd
Newtown, PA 18940-4106
(215) 968-8000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Cabrini College

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610 King of Prussia Rd
Radnor, PA 19087-3698
(610) 902-8100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Cairn University-Langhorne

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200 Manor Ave
Langhorne, PA 19047-2990
(215) 752-5800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

California University of Pennsylvania

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250 University Ave
California, PA 15419-1394
(724) 938-4400

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Carlow University

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3333 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3165
(412) 578-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Cedar Crest College

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100 College Drive
Allentown, PA 18104-6196
(610) 606-4666

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Chestnut Hill College

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9601 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118-2693
(215) 248-7000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

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840 Wood St
Clarion, PA 16214
(814) 393-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Community College of Beaver County

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1 Campus Drive
Monaca, PA 15061-2588
(724) 480-2222

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

DeSales University

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2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034-9568
(610) 282-1100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Drexel University

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3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 895-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

Duquesne University

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Administration Bldg 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

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

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

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200 Prospect Street
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301-2999
(570) 422-3211

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Eastern University

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1300 Eagle Rd
Saint Davids, PA 19087-3696
(610) 341-5800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
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