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The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported that the average salary for a Virginia certified teacher was $52,767 in 2011. However, the average cannot be viewed as a guarantee of an actual starting salary once the teaching requirements in Virginia have been met. An educator’s salary is contingent upon factors such as degree level, years of experience, subject area taught, and geographical location; therefore, the salary of an educator who has recently earned teaching certification in Virginia is likely to be less than the average.

Individuals interested in becoming a teacher in Virginia should find the following table containing U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data helpful. The table compares Virginia-specific salary data with U.S. averages for elementary, middle, and high school; special education; and postsecondary teachers.

Occupation Annual Mean Wage in Virginia Annual Mean Wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $84,880 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $81,820 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $71,390 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $76,210 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $64,050 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $33,020 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $57,720 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $58,750 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $58,140 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $61,180 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $57,220 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $57,900 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $59,570 $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
Harrisonburg, VA $48,380
Lynchburg, VA $41,660
Richmond, VA $50,990

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