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||$95,150||$86,620|
|Physics Teachers, Postsecondary||$89,110||$86,730|
|Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary||$90,270||$74,890|
|Education Teachers, Postsecondary||$74,210||$65,050|
|English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary||$78,560||$68,760|
|Preschool Teachers Except Special Education||$32,770||$30,150|
|Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education||$71,820||$52,350|
|Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education||$71,840||$55,270|
|Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education||$67,590||$55,780|
|Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education||$70,430||$56,760|
|Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary School||$69,070||$56,460|
|Special Education Teachers, Middle School||$72,670||$58,420|
|Special Education Teachers, Secondary School||$70,730||$59,080|
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||$52,450|
|Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA||$58,980|
- National Education Association of Rhode Island – Teacher Salaries
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – annual wages for education, training, and library occupations