In terms of average earnings, the Equality State can be an excellent place to work as a Wyoming certified teacher. Indeed, Wyoming boasts some of the best teacher salaries in the nation, with most of the positions ranking above the national average. It could be argued, in fact, that Wyoming has the absolute best, since other states with similar salaries have higher costs of living. Becoming a teacher in Wyoming can yield an admirable salary. Of course, other factors besides having a teaching certification in Wyoming influence an educator’s wages, including years of experience and level of education.
After completing their teaching requirements in Wyoming, education students might be curious to know what salaries they can expect to receive. Below are the annual mean wages of certain classes of teachers, alongside the national averages. All of the information has been culled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
|Occupation||Annual mean wage in Wyoming||Annual mean wage in U.S.|
|Business Teachers, Postsecondary||$74,380||$119,410|
|Physics Teachers Postsecondary||N/A||$90,570|
|Psychology Teachers Postsecondary||$68,660||$76,060|
|Education Teachers Postsecondary||$63,120||$65,630|
|English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary||$63,880||$68,360|
|Preschool Teachers Except Special Education||$27,650||$31,420|
|Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education||$54,150||$52,840|
|Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education||$57,470||$56,320|
|Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education||$60,330||$56,630|
|Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education||$59,440||$58,260|
|Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School||$57,250||$56,690|
|Special Education Teachers Middle School||$60,920||$39,370|
|Special Education Teachers Secondary School||$57,070||$39,370|
Salaries can also vary from region to region and school district to school district, and Wyoming is no exception. As can be seen in the chart below, there is a great difference between the average teacher salary in a metropolitan area like Cheyenne and a nonmetropolitan, mostly rural area of the state, like the Northwest.
|City||Annual mean wage|
|Cheyenne – Southeastern Wyoming||$50,320|
|Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area||$43,660|
- State of Wyoming – Putting Teachers in Context: A Comparable Wage Analysis of Wyoming Teacher Salaries
- Wyoming School Boards Association – 2012-2013 Teacher Salary Settlements