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Beginning Teacher Salaries

OEA Research Teacher Salaries: Beginning Teacher Salaries

For the 2007-2008 school year, the average salary for a beginning teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $30,962. Three school districts in the state pay a beginning teacher over $40,000.

Data collected by the National Education Association reveals that, nationally, Ohio ranks 35th in average beginning teacher salaries.

In its 2004 study, Salaries of Beginning Teachers in Ohio, the Legislative Office of Education Oversight (LOEO) found Ohio to rank last among comparable states in average beginning teacher salaries. The Ohio average was more than $2,700 below the average of states LOEO determined to be comparable.

Across Ohio, there is much variation in starting teacher salaries, differing by more than $20,000 between the highest paid and lowest paid and by more than $7,000 between the 90th and 10th percentiles.

2007-2008 Beginning Teacher Salary – Bachelor’s with 0 Years' Experience



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Not all new teachers are placed at step zero. Many districts, by agreement or practice, hire beginning teachers beyond step zero of the salary schedule.

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