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Missouri Teacher Salary

As a Missouri teacher, you’ll receive a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits and opportunities to grow your career. We'll tell you everything you need to know. Read on or download the full report.
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Missouri Teacher Salary

As a Missouri teacher, you’ll receive a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits and opportunities to grow your career. We'll tell you everything you need to know. Read on or download the full report.
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Missouri’s average teacher salary is around $52,000, and most teacher salaries are on the rise.

On this page, find everything you need to know about salary and benefits for Missouri teachers.  

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How Much Do Teachers Make In Missouri?

Each district has its own teacher salary schedule, but in general, your salary will depend on your experience level, credentials and location in the state.

Your starting salary, or entry level salary, is how much you’ll make in your first year right after your teaching program. Across the nation, first-year teacher salaries are on the rise. 

According to the National Education Association, the national average starting salary for 2019-2020 had “an increase of 2.5% over 2018-2019. When adjusted for inflation, this marks the largest annual increase in starting pay since before the Great Recession.” (1)

In Missouri, like most states, starting salaries vary by district. You’ll also earn a higher starting salary with a master’s degree than you will with a bachelor’s.

In 2020, Missouri's average teacher starting salary was $32,970. (2) The chart below shows samples of salaries for entry level teachers around Missouri. All salaries are from the 2020-2021 school year unless otherwise noted.

City

Salary for first-year teachers with a bachelor's degree

Salary for first-year for teacher with a master's degree

Columbia (2021-2022) $39,050 $41,979
Fredericktown $29,500 $32,150
Jefferson City 38,200 $42,470
Kansas City  $40,500 $42,000
Marceline $31,000 $33,170
Springfield  $38,783 $42,591
St. Louis $40,576 $43,281
  • Entry Level Teacher Salaries

  • Average Teacher Salaries

  • Increasing Your Salary

There are a number of ways you can increase your teaching salary, such as earning advanced credentials or leading extracurriculars. You can also earn bonuses when you meet certain performance benchmarks, or if you earn your National Board Certification.

How Much Do Similar Professions Make in Missouri?

Missouri teacher salaries are comparable to or even higher than many other fields. Plus, most teachers are contracted to work 180-190 days each year—compared to 260 work days a year in most other fields.

Compare average salaries and work days across the state (6):

Industry

Job

Day of work each year

Average Salary

Education Teacher 185 (contracted) $60K
Business and Finance
Tax Preparer

260

$38K
Social Services Social Service Specialist 260 $39K
Law Paralegal 260 $46K
Art and Design Graphic Designer 260 $49K
Healthcare Registered Nurse 260 $64K
Technology Web Developer 260 $69K

Benefits for Teachers

In Missouri, teachers receive comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance—plus secure retirement plans and vacation time.
  • Missouri Teacher Retirement

  • Vacation

  • Funding Opportunities

  • Loan Forgiveness

  • Housing Assistance

Now is a great time to become a teacher. Teachers are in high demand across Missouri, and the number of teaching opportunities is projected to grow in the coming years.

Job Security for Teachers

Now is a great time to become a teacher. Teachers are in high demand across Missouri, and the number of teaching opportunities is projected to grow in the coming years. (8

You’ll have extra job security if you get certified in a critical need shortage area. In Missouri, shortage areas currently include (9): 

  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education
  • Math
  • Science

Career Growth for Teachers

Your teaching journey doesn’t necessarily need to start and end in the classroom. As an educator, you can grow your career—and your salary—by moving into an advanced teaching role, getting certified to teach additional subjects, becoming a school or district leader, working on education policy… The sky’s the limit!

Curious about career growth possibilities for teachers? Visit our Teacher Career Path Guide for more ideas and options.

Want to stay in the classroom? 

If your heart is in the classroom, you can teach and grow into specialized leadership roles. For example, you could become: 

  • A peer observer who offers instructional support and feedback to colleagues. 
  • A mentor teacher who helps student teachers and early career teachers develop their teaching skills and strategies. 

These classroom leadership roles often come with extra pay.

Interested in opportunities outside the classroom? 

After you have some teaching experience under your belt, you might be curious about shifting your career. School or district leadership positions can be a great next step. Assistant principals and principals help Missouri schools run smoothly to support teachers and students. 

These administrative roles also come with their own salary schedules and salary bumps. For example, you could earn: 

  • $78K-$125K to be an elementary school principal in Columbia (10
  • An average of $84K to be a school administrator in Fredericktown (11)
  • $76K-$104K to be an elementary school associate principal in Kansas City (12
  • An average of $99K to be a superintendent in Marceline (11)
  • $91K-$123K to be a high school principal in Springfield (13)
  • $64K-$77K to be a middle school assistant principal in St. Louis (14)

These salaries are samples, to give you a sense of the types of jobs and salaries available in school and district leadership.

This report is meant as a general overview or starting point—but there’s a lot more info where this came from! A TEACH Missouri coach can answer all your questions about what it’s like to be a teacher in Missouri. Visit the TEACH Missouri coaching page to set up a free session.

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References

  1. NEA 2019-2020 Salary Benchmark Report, National Education Association. NEA.org. April 26, 2021.
  2. “Teacher Pay and Spending: How Does Your State Rank?” National Education Association. NEA.org. April 23, 2021.
  3.  Will, Madeline. “Teacher Salaries Are Increasing. See How Your State Compares.” Education Week. April 26, 2021.
  4. Cost of Living Calculator. Salary.com. 
  5. District Incentives, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. DESE.MO.gov. 
  6. Salary Finder, CareerOneStop. U.S. Department of Labor. Careeronestop.org. 
  7. Eligibility and Calculations, Public School & Education Employee Retirement System. PSRS-PEERS.org.  
  8. Careers With Most Openings, CareerOneStop. U.S. Department of Labor. CareerOneStop.org. 
  9. Teacher Shortage Report, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. DESE.MO.gov. 
  10. Elementary Principal 2021-2022 Salary Schedule, Columbia Public Schools. CPSK12.org.
  11. 2019-2020 Salary Rankings: Superintendents, Administrators, Teachers. Missouri National Education Association. MNEA.org.
  12. Kansas City Public Schools Pay Schedule: Principals and Vice Principals, Kansas City Public Schools. KCPublicSchools.org. 
  13. Springfield Public Schools 2020-2021 Salary Schedules, Springfield Public Schools. SPS.org. 
  14. Assistant Principal Salary Schedule, St. Louis Public Schools. SLPS.org.