Teachers working in Illinois can expect to be well compensated for their work. The state was ranked 4th in a 2005 survey by the AFT for overall average teacher salaries. Teachers just coming into the field will also being paid well, with beginning teacher salaries also ranking 4th in the nation. How much a teacher will be paid will rest largely on where he or she chooses to live in the state. Rural areas will likely pay less, while salaries in big cities like Chicago will be substantially more. Teachers can give their salaries a substantial boost through pursuing additional education, especially if they choose to teach in a high demand field.

Average Teacher Salaries in Illinois

Salaries are from the 2005-2006 Illinois Teacher Salary Study from the Illinois State Board of Education.

  • Average Teacher Salary (Bachelor’s Degree): $37,500
  • Average Teacher Salary (Master’s Degree): $45,215
  • Average Teacher Salary (PhD): $55,746

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