ASHEVILLE – Despite raises approved by state lawmakers last year, average teacher pay in North Carolina ranked 42nd in the nation, according to the latest ranking and estimates released by the National Education Association.
The estimated average salary for North Carolina teachers in 2014-15 was $47,783 annually, according to the report. That compares to an average salary of $44,990 last year, an increase of about 6.2 percent.
The state remains below the U.S. average, which is $57,379 per year for the current year, according to the report.
In 2013-14, the state ranked 47th in average salaries for teachers.
The salary increases approved by state lawmakers last year varied widely depending on how many years of experience a teacher had. Teachers moving into their fifth or sixth year on the job saw the largest salary increase while those moving into their 30th year saw the smallest increase.
In the Southeast, only West Virginia and Mississippi had lower average teacher salaries, according to the estimates for the current year.