RALEIGH, NC - MAY 16: Crowds gather during the Rally for Respect outside the North Carolina Legislative Building on May 16, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Several North Carolina counties closed schools to allow teachers to march on the opening day of the General Assembly.

Good news for North Carolina teachers. Salaries have improved this school year after early data suspected the opposite.  This is all according to the National Education Association’s annual teacher salary report. Preliminary estimates from the NEA said that the new North Carolina new average teacher salary was $53,644. This number would have moved the state from last year’s 38th rank to 40th this school year.

Then Monday, after analyzing new data, the NEA listed the average North Carolina teacher salary at $54,863. Instead of dropping two spots, this moved NC up to 34th in the country. For reference, the estimated average teacher salary nationwide is $66,397. Teacher pay has been a hot topic for years but even more so throughout the pandemic. Teachers in North Carolina receive a base pay funded by the state, additionally many school districts supplement this pay with additional monies.

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