Indiana’s Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission found that the state should raise teacher pay to $60,000 per year for competitive pay.
Indiana ranked 38th in the country in average teacher pay at $51,119 in the 2018-2019 school year according to the National Education Association. Teachers here also earn less than teachers in all the neighboring states, with Indiana’s starting teacher pay salary at $36,498, more than $3,600 below the national average.
The study says that raising Indiana’s average teacher compensation to $60,000 would move Indiana from ninth to third in the Midwest, and third among the state’s neighbors. Indiana has also had the lowest teacher salary growth in the nation over the last two decades.