But even after two years of relatively robust raises, Idaho’s average salary remains more than $10,000 below the national average, and lags behind most neighboring states.
More than 3,600 Idaho teachers make less than $40,000 a year. For them, a new state law guarantees a pay raise. But school administrators say the state still needs to do more to recruit and retain teachers.
The signing was a formality, and hardly unexpected. The spending bill bankrolls the plan to increase minimum teacher salaries to $40,000 over the next two years.
The National Education Association’s numbers are dated — but they suggest Idaho’s starting teacher salaries lag behind neighboring states. Gov. Brad Little has proposed boosting the minimum salary to $40,000.
High school students seem less interested in majoring in education, according to a recent 10-year study. It could take minimum teaching salaries of more than $50,000 to turn that around.
A recent national report ranking teacher salaries does not factor in Idaho’s career ladder — and the state’s 9 percent average pay increases since 2015.