Contact: Todd Fuller, Spokesperson
Phone: 573-499-5420
E-mail: tfuller@msta.org

January 21, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2019-20 Missouri Salary Schedule and Benefits Report Now Available

(Columbia, MO) – Missouri dropped from 41st to 42nd in the state rankings for the 2018 average salary.

“Missouri teachers are still making far less than teachers nationwide. It is also worth noting that Missouri teacher salaries rank last among all of our neighboring states,” said MSTA Executive Director Bruce Moe.

The 2019-20 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.

“Recently, the issue of Missouri’s lagging teacher salaries has begun to receive the attention it deserves. Last year, Governor Parson remarked on several occasions that Missouri’s low ranking in teacher salaries was unacceptable and needed to be addressed. In addition, a recommendation has been made to the State Board of Education (SBOE) to increase the salaries of all teachers by $4,000 and increase the minimum salary from $25,000 to $32,000” 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, the 2019-2020 MSTA Missouri Salary Schedule and Benefits Report is available online.

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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.