Press Release

Contact: Aurora Meyer, Spokesperson 

Phone: 573-499-5403

January 16, 2018 


2017-2018 Missouri Salary Schedule and Benefits Report Now Available

(Columbia, MO) – For first-year teachers, there is a $19,163 difference between the highest paying district and the districts paying the state-mandated minimum starting salary, according to an annual report featuring data from 100 percent of the state’s public school districts.

The 2017-2018 MSTA Missouri Salary Schedule and Benefits Report offers a clear picture of salaries for Missouri teachers. Again, this year, all 518 school districts responded to the survey. Participating districts completed a salary questionnaire and supplied a copy of the district’s salary schedule to the MSTA Salary and Research Department. 

Additionally, many respondents sent their non-certificated, support staff employee pay plans or stated that they have no board-approved pay plan for non-certified staff.

“Our annual research shows that although Missouri teachers are making small gains in salaries, they are still making less than teachers nationwide,” said MSTA Executive Director Bruce Moe. “Missouri teachers make more than $9,000 less than the national average. Missouri must better reward the time, energy and dedication that goes into teaching our future ” 

MSTA members are working to overcome this trend. At its annual convention in November, MSTA delegates again adopted resolutions prioritizing educator salaries. MSTA supports a minimum statewide salary schedule.

MSTA also supports an annual equitable salary increment for additional years of service and additional education experience and recognition of teachers’ actual years of experience for salary schedule advancement and placement. 

The salary book offers statistics that break down teacher salaries throughout Missouri, with comparisons by region, county, district and size of district. This report provides an excellent reference and easy means of comparison for teachers, administrators and MSTA leaders when discussing teacher salaries.

For your reference, 2017-2018 MSTA Missouri Salary Schedule and Benefits Report is available online.


The Missouri State Teachers Association is the largest education organization in the state, with more than 47,000 members and over 160 years of service to Missouri educators. The association’s headquarters is in Columbia, Mo., with regional field representatives throughout the state. MSTA has no national affiliation.