NEA: Latest salary data highlights teacher pay gap as salaries fail to keep pace with inflation

Average starting salaries for teachers with a bachelor’s degree increased slightly last year from $38,701 to $39,249, but accounting for inflation, the average classroom teacher’s salary in the U.S. has declined 4.5% since 2009-10, according to the National Education Association’s (NEA) annual salary benchmark data, released Monday.

The release of the data comes as more teachers — this time in both North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as in Chicago charter schools— are planning to walk out, with higher salaries among the demands from educators in all three cases.

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