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How Much Does a Teacher With a Bachelor's Make in Florida?
In 2010, there were a total of 73,150 elementary school teachers employed in the state of Florida, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The bureau also notes that there were 30,780 middle school and 40,450 high school teachers in Florida. Elementary school teachers made an average salary of $49,820, while middle and high school teachers made $50,770 and $52,640, respectively.
Bachelor's Degree Salaries
According to the Florida Department of Education, 59.12 percent of Florida teachers held only a bachelor's degree in the 2009-2010 academic school year. This number remained relatively consistent throughout the preceding three years. The Department of Education lists both the average and the minimum salary for Florida teachers with a bachelor's degree. In 2010, the minimum salary for Florida teachers with bachelor's degrees was $30,000. The average salary for teachers with a bachelor's degree was $43,735.
The range of salaries earned by those with bachelor's degrees provides an indication of the typical pay for Florida teachers. According to the Florida Department of Education, bachelor's degree salaries ranged from $30,000 to as high as $71,264. Three of the 75 school districts listed salaries over $70,000. The $71,264 salary noted by the Department of Education was the highest maximum salary offered in the state. In comparison, teachers who move beyond a bachelor's degree and obtain advanced degrees can make up to $80,184 per year.
Cost of Living
The minimum and maximum salaries for teachers with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees can be better understood when the cost of living is taken into account. The TeacherPortal.com salary comfort index takes into account teacher salaries by state and in relation to the cost of living. Florida teachers were ranked near the middle in terms of comfort level as compared to other teachers nationwide.
The Florida Department of Education also publishes additional data regarding the changes in salaries from one year to the next. According to the Department, salaries rose by 2.7 percent from the 2004-2005 school year to the 2005-2006 school year. In the next year, salaries grew by 6.07 percent and then again by 3.59 percent for the 2007-2008 school year. In 2008-2009, however, salaries only increased by .03 percent and then fell by .52 percent in 2009-2010. However, over a 10-year span, salaries in Florida increased by 29.9 percent overall, according to TeacherPortal.com.
Jared Lewis is a professor of history, philosophy and the humanities. He has taught various courses in these fields since 2001. A former licensed financial adviser, he now works as a writer and has published numerous articles on education and business. He holds a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in theology and has completed doctoral work in American history.