Teachers’ Salaries: Top Pay for Physics and Ph.D.s

Want to inspire an awkward moment at a cocktail party? Bring up teachers' salaries. You'll ignite a hot debate, not a "let's get to know each other" conversation. People feel very passionately about how much teachers earn, yet how educated are they on the topic?

PayScale decided to figure out, from private to public school employment, English to physics instruction, why are certain college professors, high school teachers and elementary school educators paid more or less than their peers? See PayScale’s infographic “What Impacts Teacher Salaries?” to learn the details.

The Facts on Teacher Pay

PayScale’s research shows that:

  • Private school elementary school teachers typically earn 11 percent less than public school teachers.
  • When compared by subject taught, high school physics teachers earn the most among their peers.
  • The best paid college professors, overall, live in Boston, Mass. 

See the full infographic.

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