Teacher Salary Research

Teacher pay
2022-23  Average Starting Salary: $34,052
Minimum U.S. Living Wage: $46,944

Missouri average payMissouri NEA prepares two reports annually. The Salary Benchmarks and Rankings report highlights key benchmarks of teacher salary schedules. The Salary Rankings report details the average salaries of Missouri teachers, administrators, and superintendents. The reports are compiled using school employee salary schedules of the Missouri school districts and core data submitted to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

NEA publishes the NEA Rankings & Estimates annually. It reports the state of the nation's public schools -- revenue, expenditures, and salaries.

If you have questions about the reports, contact MNEA Digital Communications and Research Director Rishanda Richardson at rishanda.richardson@mnea.org or (573) 644-9621. 

Compensation Reports

(Teachers, Educations Support Professionals, Administrators, and Superintendents)

2023-2024 Reports

Missouri NEA Reports

National Education Association Reports

2022-2023 Reports

Missouri NEA Reports


National Education Association Reports

2021-2022 Reports

Missouri Reports

Missouri Salary Benchmarks and Rankings 2021-2022

Missouri Salary Rankings 2020-2021 (superintendents, teachers, administrators) 


National Reports

2021-2022 NEA Rankings and Estimates, which provides a wide array of school funding statistics and includes the average teacher salary by state and nationally.  

2020-2021 NEA Teacher Salary Benchmark Report, which provides information from nearly 12,000 school districts on average pay for new teachers, as well as additional career points.  

NEA ESP Earnings Report, which offers a breakdown of educational support professional (ESP) pay in K-12 and higher education.  

NEA Higher Education Faculty Salary Analysis, which looks at full-time faculty and graduate assistant salaries at the national, state, and institutional level.  

2020-2021 Reports

2019-2020 Reports

NEA Rankings & Estimates Report 2019-2020
Missouri Salary Benchmarks and Rankings 2019-2020 
Correction: North Kansas City: BA Step 1 $40,000, MA Step 1 $40,383, Max Salary $82,025

Missouri Salary Rankings 2018-2019 (superintendents, teachers, administrators) 

2018-2019 Reports

2017-2018 Reports


Collective Bargaining Help

Helping you to organize to bargain with your employer is one of our highest goals. Collective bargaining gives public education employees a voice in their salaries, benefits, and working conditions. If you are looking for the best way to exercise influence over your career, contact your MNEA UniServ Director


Missouri NEA in cooperation with CompTracker collects school district salary and compensation information through an online database utility. Missouri NEA local leaders who request access can log into the database to see current and historical data for Missouri school districts, as well as run reports to analyze the data.

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