Utah Teacher Salary Information

Utah Teaching Salaries have been on the rise over the last decade. It has been a long and arduous road, but the pace appears to be speeding up. Public support is on the rise and public support is the most powerful factor when it comes to Utah's teaching salaries.

The Deseret newspaper ran a story about Utah's public education funding and the result on Utah teaching salaries:

"In the past 10 years, the schools budget, looking at state dollars alone, has grown about 50 percent, from $1.4 billion to $2.1 billion, according to the Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst. It's up about 58 percent, from $1.9 billion to $3 billion, if federal and other dollars are counted."

Utah is making a large effort to attract and retain quality and highly educated professional Utah teachers. For those considering a career as a teacher or administrator in Utah, the future looks bright. Public education careers are forecasted to close the salary gap between other professions in the state.

When analyzing the salary prospects for Utah teachers, many variables need to be accounted for such as:
  • Quality Healthcare for Teachers and all educators employed by the state.
  • Costs of living in the state, which is comparatively low in Utah compared to other states across the nation.
  • Finally, the future prospects and momentum of support for Utah's public education.
Evidence of future change in education is everywhere is becoming more evident each year. In the same news release as stated above, the Deseret News stated the following:

"Utah Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, talked about $200 million for teacher pay raises, but with a focus on merit- and differential pay for those with high-demand credentials, such as math, science and special education. Reform efforts also are in the offing, including proposals to provide government vouchers for private school tuition, aimed at giving parents more school choices and injecting competition to make all schools better."

You can also greatly increase your earning potential as a Utah Teacher if you acquire an advanced degree such as a Master's degree or a Doctorate degree.

Here are average annual Utah 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) $33,081
Kindergarten Teacher (Median) $36,360
Elementary School Teacher (Median) $47,820
Middle School Teacher (Median) $50,760
High School Teacher (Median) $50,350
Substitute Teacher (Median) $20,850

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 182-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!