Illinois Teacher Salary Information

With Illinois teacher salaries more than $6,000 over the national average in 2009-2010, you might be thinking seriously about becoming a teacher in Illinois. But while that is certainly appealing, it's not the whole story. Breaking down the Illinois teacher salary numbers in more detail can be very revealing—and perhaps even more encouraging to future educators.

It's clear that Illinois places a high value on public education by offering generous compensation to its teachers. But besides attractive Illinois teacher salaries, most school districts in the state offer a wide range of benefits. Like other districts in the state, Chicago Public Schools offers health and dental coverage, but if you teach in Chicago, you'll also be eligible for student loan forgiveness, home ownership incentives, and various other perks.(1)

Not only are the fringe benefits excellent, but teachers in Illinois may receive additional boosts in salary as they get more full-time classroom experience and higher-level college degrees. Just five years of teaching experience will grant bachelor's degree holders an additional $1,000 above their starting salaries, while master's degree holders will earn at least $1,250 more.(2)

Illinois teacher salaries also differ depending on where teachers are employed and what age kids they teach. Secondary school salaries, for instance, are at a median annual rate of at $62,910, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here are average annual starting teacher salaries 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) $37,166
Kindergarten Teacher (Median) $46,240
Elementary School Teacher (Median) $56,220
Middle School Teacher (Median) $53,310
High School Teacher (Median) $62,910
Substitute Teacher (Median) $25,730

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(1) Chicago Public Schools
(2) Illinois State Board of Education
(3) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics