Survey: Louisiana teacher pay among the lowest in the South

Survey: Louisiana teacher pay among the lowest in the South
Survey: Louisiana teacher pay among the lowest in the South Photo credit Getty Images

(AP) — Louisiana’s average teacher salary continues to lag most states in the South.

Teachers in the state were paid an average of $51,600 during the 2019-20 school year.

That's according to data from the Southern Regional Education Board. Louisiana's average teacher salary ranked 12th among the 16 states in the region.

The Advocate reports the Southern average is $55,000, while the national average is $64,000.

The latest rankings raise doubts about whether Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards will be successful in getting teacher pay to the regional average before he leaves office in 2024.