“Though we spend what the rest of the country spends on education, we rank 47th in starting teacher pay.”

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Missouri ranks $8,866 under the average pay for teachers in 2013 according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The only other states ranked below Missouri were: Kansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Carolina, and New Mexico. Cost of living in the top tier states increases the average for teacher pay.

Check out the National Center for Education Statistics for the national average teacher pay.