While teachers are tasked with the critical responsibility to educate the next generation, a new report shows that starting salaries for K–12 educators fall below the average salaries for all other occupations nationwide.

The report from Business.org ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on the percentage difference between the average state salary and the average starting salary for teachers.

On average, entry-level teachers are paid 21.8% less than other workers in their states, according to Business.org. 

To determine the rankings, Business.org pulled the average starting teacher salary from the National Education Association and compared the association’s starting teacher wages to the average salary for all occupations within each state. 

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