Key Colorado Teacher Salary Information

Qualified teachers are in high demand everywhere, and in Colorado, education was one of the few industry sectors to experience employment growth over the past year.(1) If you take a look at the federal and state money being invested in the education system, you'll see some of the reasons for that growth, from Teacher Incentive Fund grants amounting to $47.8 million to $40 million for expanding the charter school system.(2)

With education in the limelight, Colorado teacher salaries are sure to enjoy a bit of a boost. In addition, programs such as Teacher ProComp, administered by the Denver Public Schools system, provide incentive pay for teachers in top performing schools, hard-to-serve schools, and other special situations.(3)

A number of other factors also affect Colorado teacher salaries, such as experience, additional certifications, competencies in high-demand areas like special education, or higher educational attainment such as master's or doctoral degrees. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by the time secondary school teachers reach the 90th wage percentile in Colorado, they may earn a salary of almost $70,000.

Here are average annual starting teacher salaries for Colorado from the National Education Association, 2013, and teacher salaries by grade level, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook:

Type of Teacher Average or Median Annual Salary
Starting Teacher (Average) $41,259
Kindergarten Teacher (Median) $42,710
Elementary School Teacher (Median) $47,380
Middle School Teacher (Median) $47,250
High School Teacher (Median) $49,660
Substitute Teacher (Median) $23,200

Full-time teachers also enjoy a number of other benefits, such as health and dental insurance, vacation time, sick leave, and retirement plans. Teachers lucky enough to live in Colorado cities such as Telluride may even get a free ski pass!(4)

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(1) Colorado Department of Labor and Employment;
(2) Colorado Department of Education;
(3) Denver Teacher ProComp;
(4) TeachInColorado.org