Press Release

Contact: Aurora Meyer, Spokesperson
Phone: 573-499-5403

January 22, 2019


2018-19 Missouri Salary Schedule and Benefits Report Now Available

(Columbia, MO) – Missouri dropped to 41st in the state rankings for 2017 average salary.

“Attracting and retaining good teachers starts with providing adequate salaries, which Missouri does not,” said MSTA Executive Director Bruce Moe.

For first-year teachers, there is a $19,428 difference between the highest paying district and the districts paying the state-mandated minimum starting salary, according to the annual report released today featuring data from 100 percent of the state’s public school districts.

The 2018-19 MSTA Missouri Salary Schedule and Benefits Report offers a comprehensive 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.

“While the salary growth information is not what we would like to see, MSTA members are working to overcome this trend,” Moe said.

At its annual convention in November, MSTA delegates again adopted resolutions prioritizing educator salaries. As an association, MSTA continues to support an increase to the minimum statewide salary schedule.

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, 2018-2019 MSTA Missouri Salary Schedule and Benefits Report is available online and an interactive comparison tool is also available.


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.