Honolulu ranks last in national teacher salary study


When it comes to how much elementary teachers get paid, Honolulu ranks among the worst in the nation when adjusted for cost of living.

According to a new study from the National Center for Policy Analysis and the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, the median salary for teachers in Honolulu is $54,640.

However, when adjusted for Honolulu’s high cost of living, that number drops to $32,312.

The national median salary is $53,590.

The study compares actual elementary teacher pay values among 60 metropolitan areas across the country.

Milwaukee, Wis., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Columbus, Ohio are at the top. Honolulu, New York City and San Francisco rank the lowest in salary when adjusted for cost of living.

With a median salary of $74,540, elementary teachers in Milwaukee receive the highest salaries of the major metropolitan areas examined. When adjusted for cost of living, the median salary drops slightly to $73,078, but still ranks at the top.

Read the full report here.

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