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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Teachers in states like Alaska and New York are being paid on average almost double the salaries of their peers in Mississippi and Oklahoma, according to a study just released by GOBankingRates.

The study utilized the Bureau of Labor Statistics latest data, compiling average elementary, middle and high school teacher salaries by state.

“While no one enters the teaching industry for the money, our study findings reveal some rather large income discrepancies depending on where in the country teachers live,” said Kristen Bonner, lead researcher on the study. “For those in the education industry who might be considering a relocation, a state’s job opportunity and competition ratings are also important factors to keep in mind.”

The 10 states where teachers get paid the most:

Alaska: $77,843

New York: $76,593

Connecticut: $75,867

California: $72,050

Massachusetts: $71,587

New Jersey: $70,700

Rhode Island: $67,533

Maryland: $65,257

Illinois: $65,153

Virginia: $63,493

The 10 states where teachers get paid the least:

 Mississippi: $42,043

Oklahoma: $42,647

South Dakota: $43,200

North Carolina: $43,587

Arizona: $43,800

West Virginia: $45,477

Arkansas: $47,053

Idaho: $47,063

Kansas: $47,127

Louisiana: $48,587

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