Michigan Teacher Salary Information
In order to truly evaluate Michigan teacher salary data, however, it's important to consider the cost of living. And on that measurement, Michigan teachers do quite well: median monthly housing costs for homeowners are 12 percent lower than the national average.(1)
Not only that, but Michigan teachers are eligible for competitive retirement benefits, including pension plans and health insurance through the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System.(2) Add to that the fact that teachers enjoy famously long vacations, and suddenly the compensation for being a teacher looks very attractive indeed.
Fringe benefits and cost of living aren't the only factors affecting Michigan teacher salaries, though. What grade level you teach can also have an effect on your earnings.
Salaries also vary quite a bit depending on where you live, reflecting cost-of-living differences. Here are average annual starting teacher salaries from the National Education Association, 2013, and median annual 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)||$35,901|
|Kindergarten Teacher (Median)||$55,400|
|Elementary School Teacher (Median)||$62,340|
|Middle School Teacher (Median)||$58,570|
|High School Teacher (Median)||$61,380|
|Substitute Teacher (Median)||$23,320|
Whether your scene is urban Detroit or the natural beauty of the Great Lakes, Michigan has a lot to offer would-be teachers. Start researching teacher education programs today!
(1) 2009 American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau
(2) Michigan Office of Retirement Services
(3) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth
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