Teacher compensation

Teacher pay, community income, and sickouts

Do teachers in Kentucky earn more or less than the median household in the communities they serve?1 The most recent data from the American Community Survey show that the Median Household Income (MHI) in Kentucky is $46,535. In the 2018-19 school year, data from the Kentucky Department of Education show that the average certified salary for Kentucky teachers was $57,819 - a difference of $11,284. However, household income and teacher salaries vary across communities in Kentucky.