Teachers working in Iowa can plan to make a fairly low salary compared with teachers in other states. A 2005 survey by the AFT placed Iowa as 39th in the nation in terms of average teaching salaries. New teachers may fare even worse, with their salaries placing at 42nd in the nation. This isnët all bad, however, as the cost of living in many places in Iowa is relatively low, so teachers may be able to make their pay go much further. Because many areas of Iowa have a teaching shortage, teachers who are willing to work in these areas may qualify for government funding to pay for additional education. Getting an additional degree may be a big help in increasing a teacherës salary, and those with the time and resources should consider it.

Average Teacher Salaries in Iowa

Salaries are from the 2006-2007 Des Moines Public Schools Certificated Iowa Teacher Salary Schedule and represent entry level salaries.

  • Average Teacher Salary (Bachelor’s Degree): $30,614
  • Average Teacher Salary (Master’s Degree): $33,716
  • Average Teacher Salary (PhD): $37,414

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