Missouri Teacher Salaries and Benefits

When it comes to wages, teachers in Missouri come out at the head of the class when compared to many other professions. Missouri teacher salaries were around 13 percent higher than the average annual salary in Missouri across all industries in 2010. (1)

In addition, Missouri teaching salaries usually come with a generous benefits package. If you're employed at a public school in Springfield, Missouri, for example, you can expect medical, dental and life insurance options; fitness center membership and other local business discounts; a retirement plan; and numerous other perks. (2) On top of all that, the cost of living in Missouri is the 8th lowest in the United States. (3)

So what's the catch? There really isn't one. But you should be aware that Missouri teacher salaries can vary dramatically depending on your degree level, what grade you teach and how much experience you have in the classroom. If you're just starting out, don't expect to earn as much as an experienced teacher.

In Missouri, teacher salaries also show a great deal of geographic variation—another factor to be aware of when you're researching education jobs. 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) $30,064
Kindergarten Teacher (Median) $43,790
Elementary School Teacher (Median) $43,820
Middle School Teacher (Median) $46,100
High School Teacher (Median) $43,480
Substitute Teacher (Median) $24,060

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(1) Missouri Economic Research and Information Center
(2) Springfield Public Schools
(3) Missouri Economic Research and Information Center