Florida falls in national teacher pay ranking to 46th

As reported by Jeffrey Solochek

Florida teachers got some bad news this week that bolsters their case asking for better pay: The state dropped from 45 to 46 on the National Education Association’s annual report of average teacher salaries.

And the projection is that the state will fare even worse going forward, unless something changes.

According to the report, which became public this week in North Carolina, Florida’s teachers earned an average of $48,168 in 2017-18, slightly below the $50,000 mark that some state lawmakers have sought and $12,294 less than the national rate. The national average teacher salary increased from $59,534 in 2016-17 to $60,462 in 2017-18. Average teacher salaries in 2017-18 ranged from a high of $84,227 in New York to a low of $44,926 in Mississippi.

For 2018-19, the teachers union projects Florida’s gap will grow to $13,387.

Florida’s average salary, adjusted for inflation, has declined 11 percent, compared to 4.5 percent nationally.

“It just goes to show that we have a funding problem for [Florida] public schools that isn’t being addressed,” Florida Education Association spokeswoman Sharon Nesvig said. “The Legislature needs to do more.”

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