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North Carolina Teacher Salary

As a North Carolina teacher, you’ll receive a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits and opportunities to grow your career. We'll tell you everything you need to know.

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North Carolina’s average teacher salary is around $54,227, and most salaries are on the rise.

On this page, you'll find everything you need to know about salary and benefits for North Carolina teachers.

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How Much Do Teachers Make In North Carolina?

Each district has its own salary schedule, but in general, your salary will be determined by your experience level, credentials and location in the state.

There are a number of ways you can increase your salary, including advanced degrees, leading extracurriculars and pursuing advanced certifications or meeting performance benchmarks.

How Much Do Similar Professions Make in North Carolina?

Salary numbers are important information, but you may also be wondering how teacher salaries compare to other professions. 

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A North Carolina school teacher salary is comparable to or even higher than many other fields.

Compare average salaries and work days across the state (4):


Average Salary

Tax Preparer$24K
Community Health Worker$39K
Paralegal or Legal Assistant$47K
Graphic Designer$50K
Registered Nurse$67K
Web Developer $70K
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Benefits for Teachers

In NC, teachers receive comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance—plus secure retirement plans and vacation time.

Now is a great time to become a teacher. Teachers are in high demand across North Carolina, and the number of teaching opportunities is projected to grow in the coming years.

How Much Job Security Will I Have as a Teacher?

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Now is a great time to become a teacher. Teachers are in high demand across North Carolina, and the number of teaching opportunities is projected to grow in the coming years. (6

You’ll have extra job security if you get licensed in a hard-to-fill subject area. In North Carolina, hard-to-fill areas include: 

  • Early childhood
  • Elementary school
  • Exceptional children
  • STEM
  • English as a Second Language
  • World languages


  1. Pogarcic, Anna. “N.C. House releases full budget with salary proposals.” EdNC. August 9, 2021. EdNC.org. 
  2. National Education Association. “Teacher Pay and Spending: How Does Your State Rank?” April 23, 2021.
  3. National Board Certification. NC Department of Public Instruction. DPI.NC.gov.
  4. Salary Finder, CareerOneStop. U.S. Department of Labor. Careeronestop.org.
  5. Teachers’ & State Employees’ Retirement System Handbook. North Carolina Department of State Treasurer. NC.gov. 
  6. Careers With Most Openings, CareerOneStop. U.S. Department of Labor. Careeronestop.org
  7. CMS Teacher Leadership. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. CMS.K12.NC.us. 
  8. New Hanover County Schools Extra Duty Pay Rates, 2021-22. New Hanover County Schools. NCHS.net.
  9. Wake County Public School 2020-2021 Mentor Coordinator and Mentor Extra Duty Salary Schedule. Wake County Public School System. WCPSS.net

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