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STUDY: Hawai‘i Teacher Salaries Not Enough to Buy a Home

October 22, 2018, 9:58 AM HST
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A map of average teacher’s salary vs. the salary needed to afford a house in each state. Click to enlarge.

Hawai‘i has found itself ranked as the worst state for teachers.

Teachers in Hawai‘i earn the lowest average starting salary and lowest average salary.

Can a teacher even afford to buy a home in Hawai‘i?

In order to make that assessment in Hawai‘i and elsewhere in the county, JustAddTutor.com mapped the average teacher’s salary vs. the salary required to buy a home.

It’s not a perfect metric, but logic dictates that if we expect teaching to be a full-time profession, it should at least pay enough to afford a home, JustAddTutor.com said about it’s study.

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The study found that in 11 states plus Washington, D.C., the average teacher does not make enough to afford an average home: Hawai‘i, District of Columbia, Colorado, California, Utah, Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina.

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Hawai‘i again tops the list. Teacher salaries do not not measure up. The yearly salary required to purchase an home in Hawai‘i is $110,520. The average teacher makes almost half that at $59,250 annually.

On the other side of the spectrum, Ohio’s teachers make twice the salary needed to afford a home, and they were ranked the 10th best state for teachers. In Pennsylvania, teachers make just shy of twice the salary needed to buy a home; recently, their governor pledged support for their powerful union.

According to the study, “it looks like most of Hawai‘i’s teachers will be renting for a very long time.”

State Salary needed to afford a home Average teacher’s salary
Hawai‘i 110,520 59,250
District of Columbia 97,280 64,420
Colorado 73,600 54,460
California 89,280 77,390
Utah 61,840 55,540
Montana 55,640 51,290
Idaho 51,560 48,540
North Dakota 54,480 51,400
Arizona 50,880 48,050
Florida 52,640 51,800
North Carolina 46,600 46,370
Washington 64,200 64,760
Massachusetts 75,360 76,170
South Dakota 40,880 41,980
Nevada 55,680 57,210
Oregon 64,040 69,660
Texas 49,840 57,830
New Hampshire 51,720 60,070
South Carolina 44,800 53,960
Tennessee 42,280 51,390
Oklahoma 33,640 41,880
Delaware 51,040 63,640
Maine 42,320 52,940
Maryland 54,920 69,070
Georgia 44,760 56,850
New York 64,360 83,360
Rhode 51,960 67,620
Virginia 53,400 69,890
Vermont 46,960 61,590
Louisiana 38,080 50,700
Wyoming 44,600 59,780
Alabama 36,760 49,790
New Mexico 40,960 56,060
Minnesota 46,720 65,290
Mississippi 33,120 46,370
Connecticut 55,360 78,810
New Jersey 51,720 76,430
Nebraska 37,040 55,870
Kansas 31,760 50,470
Wisconsin 36,040 57,320
West Virginia 29,240 46,560
Missouri 31,800 51,720
Arkansas 31,320 50,990
Alaska 51,320 $85,420
Indiana 31,320 52,670
Iowa 32,400 54,490
Kentucky 32,600 55,300
Illinois 37,840 68,380
Pennsylvania 35,760 66,020
Michigan 30,680 62,910
Ohio 28,800 60,810
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