Research Salaries in Rhode Island

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Starting teachers in Rhode Island typically made about $38,000 during the 2008-2009 school year, according to the National Education Association of Rhode Island. A top quality Rhode Island certified teacher could make as much as $70,000 per year, making teaching certification in Rhode Island potentially a lucrative endeavor in the long term. Some districts are having difficulty with teacher pay in recent years, however, with one district even exploring the option of firing all teachers due to financial constraints. As such, prospective educators should consider the area of the state in which they intend to teach before becoming a teacher in Rhode Island. Meeting teaching requirements in Rhode Island requires a significant educational investment which may result in debt, so assessing salary and job prospects in a target location is a necessary step for any prospective teacher.

This spreadsheet demonstrates how educators in Rhode Island are paid compared to the national average, showing just how favorable the state is for those interested in teaching.

Occupation Annual mean wage in Rhode Island Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $101,610 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $91,230 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $93,900 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $80,370 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $78,680 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $34,220 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $67,220 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $73,040 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $68,180 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $69,990 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $72,380 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $73,620 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $73,870 $39,370

The region a teacher works in can be just as important as the field a teacher works in, in terms of pay scale. This spreadsheet illustrates how teachers are paid in different areas of Rhode Island.

City Annual mean wage
Norwich-New London, CT-RI N/A
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA N/A

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