Pennsylvania Teacher Salary and Benefit Information

If you're looking for a state that values its teaching workforce, you should definitely consider teaching in Pennsylvania. Teacher salaries in Pennsylvania are tenth in the nation according to the National Education Association's 2013 Rankings and Estimates guide. Your Pennsylvania teacher salary will also include a number of generous benefits aside from the long summer vacations that are the envy of other professionals.

In the School District of Philadelphia, for example, teachers receive medical coverage, including retirement health benefits; dental and optical coverage; life insurance; tax-sheltered annuity plans for retirement; and pre-tax commuter vouchers for teachers who use public transportation.* Of course, specific benefit plans will vary depending on your school district.

Your Pennsylvania teacher salary will also vary according to a number of factors, including how much experience you have, your level of education, and the grade level you teach. Geographic location also causes some variation in Pennsylvania teacher salaries.

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) $41,901
Kindergarten Teacher (Median) $51,870
Elementary School Teacher (Median) $55,570
Middle School Teacher (Median) $56,980
High School Teacher (Median) $57,680
Substitute Teacher (Median) $26,370

Pennsylvania is clearly a state that puts a premium on education, and they're willing to put their money where their mouth is. If you're thinking about becoming a Pennsylvania teacher, start researching teacher training programs right here on Teacher World.

* The School District of Philadelphia