While secondary teacher salaries depend largely on the state in which the teacher works, the national average salary for teachers in 2013 was $58,260, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Teacher salary is largely dependent on the teacher's years of experience and educational credentials.
The bottom 10 percent of teachers on the pay scale made an average of $37,230 per year, while the top 10 percent of teachers on the pay scale made an average of $86,720 per year. The state with the lowest teacher salary in 2013 was South Dakota, with an average teacher salary of $39,580. The state with the highest teacher salary was Connecticut, with an average teacher salary of $69,766.