South Dakota Teacher Pay Moves Off The Bottom Compared To Other States

It’s been over a year and half since a half cent bump in sales tax was approved for teacher pay and South Dakota has moved off the basement floor when it comes to teacher compensation. Governor Dennis Daugaard says the National Education Association has been comparing the states when it comes to teacher pay for a long time…

Daugaard says with adjustments, South Dakota’s teacher pay rates could place in the middle of the chart…

The 2018 N-E-A report was released April 23rd. Average teacher pay in South Dakota went from about 42-thousand dollars in the 2015-16 school year to just shy of 47-thousand dollars, an increase of just short of five-thousand dollars or 11-point-eight percent. The increases, according to the Governor’s Office are the result of recommendations passed in 2016 from the Blue Ribbon Task Force.  South Dakota was dead last, 51st place from 1986 to 2017. The report ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia.