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Texas teachers are paid even less than most: State toward the rear in school salaries

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Texas is the 14th worst state for teachers' salaries. Courtesy photo

Everyone knows that teachers don't get paid enough, but new data from the National Center for Education Statistics point to an alarming trend in Texas. Analyzing the average salary for public school teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the NCES found that Texas is the 14th worst state for teachers' salaries.

On average, Texas teachers receive an annual salary of $48,110, well below the national average of $56,383. Though Texas' population continues to grow, adding more children to the public school system every year, teachers have seen their salaries decrease on average over the last few years, most likely due to budget cuts. According to the NCES data, the current average salary for teachers is about $1,000 less than it was during the 2011-2012 school year.

 On average, Texas teachers receive an annual salary of $48,110. 

So who topped the list? New York came in No. 1, paying their teachers an average of $75,279. Massachusetts finished second with an average of $73,129 and the District of Columbia rounds out the top three, offering teachers an annual average salary of $70,906.

South Dakota came in last, paying those who mold the minds of the next generation just $39,580 annually.

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