State by State: Where Teachers Get the Worst — and Best — Deal

51. Virginia

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Average teacher salary: $49,690
Average full-time private-sector salary: $62,830
Teacher wages as a percentage of private-sector counterparts: 79 percent

Virginia teachers’ average pay was just 79 percent of their private-sector counterparts in 2016, creating the largest pay gap of any state, Governing Magazine found.

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