Kentucky Teacher Salary Information

Kentucky Teaching Salaries are pretty much the middle of the road compared to other states across the nation. However, to the benefit of Kentucky teachers, living costs are significantly lower than many other states whose teacher salaries are above Kentucky.

There is significant opportunity for ambitious teachers to advance their salaries. With many school districts struggling to fill shortage areas, loan forgiveness programs have been introduced in many locations.

When contemplating a teaching career in Kentucky, you should certainly take all into consideration, such as various levels of a Kentucky Teacher's Salary depending on advanced degree status, benefits, low costs of living and loan forgiveness programs.

As you can see below, you can greatly increase your earning potential as a Kentucky Teacher if you acquire an advanced degree such as a Master's degree or a Doctorate degree. 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) $35,166
Kindergarten Teacher (Median) $51,580
Elementary School Teacher (Median) $50,050
Middle School Teacher (Median) $50,130
High School Teacher (Median) $51,270
Substitute Teacher (Median) $28,850

When viewing these numbers, keep in consideration such benefits as full dental, long-term disability and quality health insurance. Secondly, these are salaries based on a 190-day or 10-month work year. We encourage you to explore what each school district has to offer you, take into consideration the area in which you wish to live and do the math to see if you will be satisfied. Good luck!