Research Salaries in Utah

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Utah’s Office of Education has several resources for the Utah certified teacher who sees the connection between professional development and higher salaries. Pay schedules dictate pay raises in conjunction with meeting professional development requirements. After becoming a teacher in Utah, most school districts reward teachers based on their years in a classroom, the classes they have taken for professional development, and their academic degree.

Utah’s average teaching salaries rank below the national average, but these numbers may be a better reflection of the age of teachers than a reflection of how Utah compensates teachers. Utah has a large labor pool of educators with the appropriate teaching certification in Utah, however, many are recent college graduates. This often means that they are lower on the pay scale than experienced teachers.

Occupation Annual mean wage in Utah Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $81,530 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $80,540 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $63,680 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $62,710 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $59,000 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $24,250 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $42,650 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $51,300 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $52,580 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $53,700 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $47,960 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $40,500 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $52,400 $39,370

Another thing that may affect how much a teacher is paid is the region of the state in which the teaching occurs. The following spreadsheet compares teaching salaries in a few major metropolitan areas of the state, showing that pay is comparable in most regions.

City Annual mean wage
Salt Lake City, UT $55,210
St. George, UT $35,260
Provo-Orem, UT $43,710

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