Report says: New York teacher wage gap lowest in the U.S.

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*Earlier version of the story did not clearly state $80,549 was median teacher income across New York State.

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- New York’s teachers make approximately $4,500 more than people with a bachelor’s degree, making the wage gap the lowest in the country. The median salary for teachers in the state is $80,549 to bachelor holders $76,000, according to smartestdollar.com.

New York is one of five states where teachers make more money than someone with a four-year degree. Teachers in Rhode Island, Vermont, Wyoming, and Nebraska all made more money than bachelor holders and had a wage gap of between .3 and 5.9%.

“Teachers are becoming the new frontline workers, and with the virus resurging in many communities, a majority of teachers are worried about exposure to COVID-19 while on the job. Nationally, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that median annual earnings for teachers is just over $59,000, while according to data from the Census Bureau, median earnings for full-time bachelor’s degree holders is $70,000,” researchers at smartestdollar said.

Smartestdollar also looked at various cities in the state. The wage gap in the Albany/Schenectady/Troy area is -3.4%, teachers make $69,529 to bachelor holders $72,000. In other cities including Syracuse, Rochester, and the Buffalo/Cheektowaga/Niagara Falls area teachers make more than bachelor holders, 1.2%, 2.6%, and 14.9% respectively.

The worst wage gaps in the country can be found in Tucson, Arizona, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale, Arizona where the wage gaps are -37.5%, -35.3%, and -34.2% respectively.

News10 ABC reached out to New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) for comment Friday. “New York’s teachers are dedicated to ensuring that our children receive a high-quality public education. NYSUT is proud to support hundreds of thousands of educators who deserve fair salaries that reflect their hard work and high levels of expertise and education,” said NYSUT Communications Director Damien LaVera.

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