Lawmakers discuss increase in teacher salary

The Mississippi Legislature’s Senate Education Committee met Wednesday to discuss increasing teacher pay in Mississippi.

Mississippi is currently the state with the lowest average teacher pay in the nation.

According to the Southern Regional Education Board, the average teacher salary in the U.S. for 2018-2019 was $62,304.

For Mississippi, the average was $45,105 approximately $8,200 below the southeastern region average.

The salary for a teacher with zero to three years’ experience with a bachelor’s degree in Mississippi was $37,000 about $3,300 less than regional average.

The Southern Regional Education Board offered ideas Wednesday on how they can help teachers including decreasing monthly employee family premiums and raising teachers’ starting and average salaries.

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