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Connecticut Teacher Salary

As a Connecticut teacher, you’ll receive a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits and opportunities to grow your career. We'll tell you everything you need to know. Read on, or download the full report.
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Connecticut Teacher Salary

As a Connecticut teacher, you’ll receive a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits and opportunities to grow your career. We'll tell you everything you need to know. Read on, or download the full report.
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Connecticut’s average teacher salary is around $79,742, and most teacher salaries are on the rise. From 2019 to 2020, Connecticut’s average teacher salaries rose by 5.5 percent. (1) That’s one of the fastest-growing salaries in the nation! 

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

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How Much Do Teachers Make In Connecticut?

Each district has its own teacher salary. In general, your salary will be determined by your experience level, the type of certificate you earn and your location in the state.

Your starting salary, or entry level salary, is how much you’ll make in your first year right after your teaching program. Across the nation, first-year teacher salaries are on the rise.

According to the National Education Association, the national average starting salary for 2019-2020 had “an increase of 2.5% over 2018-2019. When adjusted for inflation, this marks the largest annual increase in starting pay since before the Great Recession.”

In Connecticut, like most states, starting salaries vary by district. You’ll also earn a higher starting salary with a master’s degree than you will with a bachelor’s.

In 2020, average teacher total starting salary was $46,905. (2)  The chart below shows samples of 2021-2022 salaries for entry level teachers around Connecticut.

District

First-year salary for teacher with a bachelor's degree

First-year salary for teacher with a master's degree

Bridgeport Public Schools $45,591 $46,880
Hartford Public Schools $48,191 $52,553
New Haven Public Schools $45,357 $47,551
Norwich Public Schools $48,918 $50,827

To see more salaries around the state, check out the district profiles at our Schools & Community page.

  • Entry Level Teacher Salaries

  • Average Teacher Salaries

  • Increasing Your Salary

How teachers earn extra.

Interested in coaching the chess club or earning an advanced degree? You can increase your teaching salary more quickly by leading extracurricular activities, earning a master's degree, or pursuing advanced certifications.

 

How much do similar professions make?

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

Among professions that require a bachelor’s or master’s degree, Connecticut teacher salaries are comparable to or even higher than many other fields. Plus, teachers usually work just 180-190 days each year—compared to 260 work days a year in most other fields. 

Compare average salaries and work days across the state (2):

Industry

Job

Day of work each year

Average Salary

Education Teacher 185     
$78K
Business and Finance Tax Preparer 260 $60K
Social Services Community Health Worker 260 $67K
Law Paralegal or Legal Assistant 260 $56K
Art and Design Graphic Designer 260 $63K
Healthcare Registered Nurse 260 $85K
Technology Web Developer  260 $86K

Benefits for Teachers

In Connecticut teachers receive comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance—plus vacation time, secure retirement plans and vacation time.
  • Teacher Retirement

  • Vacation

  • Professional Development

  • Loan Forgiveness

  • Housing assistance

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

How Much Job Security Will I Have as a Teacher?

Now is a great time to become a teacher. Teachers are in high demand across Connecticut, 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 Connecticut, hard-to-fill areas include:

  • Bilingual education (elementary or secondary)
  • Math and science (middle and high school)
  • Special education (all grades)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, all grades)
  • World languages (middle and high school)

You'll find the most current list of short areas on the Connecticut State Department of Education's Website. (8)

Career Growth for Teachers

Your teaching journey doesn’t necessarily need to start and end in the classroom. As an educator, you can grow your career—and your salary—by moving into an advanced teaching role, getting licensed to teach additional subjects, becoming a school or district leader, working on education policy… The sky’s the limit! 

Want to learn more about career growth possibilities for teachers? Visit our Teacher Career Path Guide for more ideas and options. 

Want to stay in the classroom? 

As a classroom teacher, you can grow into specialized leadership roles, such as a peer observer or mentor teacher position. Mentor teachers are key leaders to help student teachers and early career teachers build their skills. 

These leadership roles also come with extra pay. For example, you could earn:

  • $500 per mentee per year in Waterbury (4)
  • $600 per mentee per year in Torrington (7)
  • $1,231 per year in Stamford (4)

Interested in opportunities outside the classroom? 

After you have some teaching experience under your belt, you might be curious about shifting your career changes. School or district leadership positions can be a great next step. Assistant principals, principals, curriculum coordinators and superintendents all help Connecticut schools and districts run smoothly to support teachers and students. 

These administrative roles also come with their own salary schedules and salary bumps. For example, you could earn: 

  • $121K-$146K to be an Elementary Principal in Bridgeport (Bridgeport Public Schools Schools) 
  • $118K-$148K to be an Assistant Principal in New Haven (New Haven Public Schools)
  • $131K-$147K to be a  middle school Principal in Norwich (Norwich Public Schools)

Have more questions about teaching in Connecticut? A Teach Connecticut coach can tell you all about teacher salaries, teaching programs and more. Visit TEACH Connecticut coaching page to set up a free coaching session.  

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References

  1. National Education Association. “Teacher Pay and Spending: How Does Your State Rank?” April 23, 2021.
  2. Will, Madeline. “Teacher Salaries Are Increasing. See How Your State Compares.” Education Week. April 26, 2021
  3. “Collective Bargaining Agreement Between the Hartford Board of Education and The Hartford Federation of Teachers, Local No. 1018, AFT, AFL-CIO.” July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022.
  4. “Agreement Between the Stamford Board of Education and the Stamford Education Association.” July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021. 
  5. “Connecticut Teachers’ Retirement Board Benefit Estimator.” CT.gov. 
  6. Fastest Growing Occupations in Connecticut, All Levels. Connecticut Department of Labor. CTDOL.state.ct.us. 
  7. “Agreement Between the Torrington Board of Education and the Torrington Education Association.” July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021.
  8. "What shortage areas have been identified for the 2021-22 School year?" The Connecticut State Department of Education, 2021.