With the buzz is that teachers in Kansas need to be paid more, it’s time to ask just where they do rate when it comes to pay.
Our friends at North Carolina’s John Locke Foundation have looked at teacher compensation in the states. They take NEA data, which places Kansas 38 in all states, and then make adjustments for pension matches and differences in the cost of living.
The stated NEA salary of $41,369 for a teacher in Kansas becomes $49,506. The state’s ranking goes from 38 to 27.
Analyst Terry Stoops ran the numbers for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. In that list, the adjusted pay for Kansas teachers is $49.788, though the ranking (27) is the same as with the North Carolina iteration.
On the adjusted scale, Kansas ranks higher than Colorado (29), Nebraska (35), and Iowa (41), though lower than Missouri (11), Arkansas (12), and Oklahoma (14).
We’re all for outstanding teachers getting paid more. But right now, the system treats everyone the same.