New Jersey Teacher Salary Information

If you're thinking about becoming a New Jersey teacher, don't let the ongoing debate over the state's education budget alarm you: New Jersey teacher salaries were the sixth highest in the nation according to the National Education Association 2013 Rankings and Estimates report.

Being a teacher is, of course, a demanding job, requiring at least a bachelor's degree, teacher training, and a passing score on certification exams just to get started. And most prospective teachers know that dealing with students in the classroom requires patience and energy. Fortunately, teachers usually receive benefits over and above their base salary, such as a competitive pension plan and good health insurance—not to mention over two months off in the summer to "recharge your batteries."

New Jersey teacher salaries have excellent growth potential too. If you earn a master's degree, for instance, your earnings will typically shoot up by at least $3,200 a year compared to teachers who only have a bachelor's degree.(1) Also, the more years of teaching experience you have under your belt, the more you'll earn as a teacher in New Jersey.

However, salaries do vary widely between regions and school districts within the state, depending on cost of living and local budgets, among other factors. 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) $48,631
Kindergarten Teacher (Median) $57,240
Elementary School Teacher (Median) $61,460
Middle School Teacher (Median) $62,360
High School Teacher (Median) $66,480
Substitute Teacher (Median) $27,950

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(1) "N.J. teacher salaries debate continues amid Gov. Christie's school aid cuts."