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Returns for a Rewarding Career
Your impact in the classroom is an investment in your future—and in your students.
Returns for a Rewarding Career
Your impact in the classroom is an investment in your future—and in your students.

Teaching is more than a profession. It merges the sustainable salary and benefits of an office job with an enviable mission: to help shape the next generation.

With the freedom to lead a classroom, and the flexibility to live your personal life to the fullest, teachers have one of the most unique compensation packages around.

Not All Salaries Are Created Equal

Let’s address the elephant in the room: salary. It’s a critical part of choosing any career, and for teachers, it’s no different. While you’ve probably heard rumors about teacher pay, Connecticut has long led the country in offering competitive compensation for educators.

At over $72,000, Connecticut offers teachers the fifth highest average salary in the nation, according to the National Center on Education Statistics. That’s almost $14,000 higher than the national average! What does that mean? It means you can afford to live in Connecticut, buy a home and raise a family.

According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, of all jobs in Connecticut requiring a bachelor’s degree, teaching is ranked highly for the number of available opportunities—and its average salary is on par with many other occupations in that category.

  • Average Salary

    At over $72,000, Connecticut offers teachers the fifth highest average salary in the nation, according to the National Center on Education Statistics. That’s almost $14,000 higher than the national average! What does that mean? It means you can afford to live in Connecticut, buy a home and raise a family.

    According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, of all jobs in Connecticut requiring a bachelor’s degree, teaching is ranked highly for the number of available opportunities—and its average salary is on par with many other occupations in that category.

  • Starting Salary

    Starting teacher salaries vary by district, but average out to about $50,000, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor. With that kind of money, you’ll get an early head start to build a travel budget, invest in the stock market… or maybe even splurge on brunch.

  • Increasing Your Salary

    The more you learn, the more you earn.

    Connecticut thrives on recognizing and offering opportunities to its dedicated teachers. Even more impressive is that in nearly all Connecticut school districts, you can increase your salary by earning advanced degrees. 

    No matter how you improve yourself, there’s a school district in Connecticut waiting to reward you for it:

    • Many school districts offer tuition reimbursement programs for teachers to earn advanced degrees in their field. 
    • Many school districts in Connecticut offer bonuses or incentives for meeting certain performance benchmarks or obtaining a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification
      • In Hartford, teachers can earn a $2,500 bonus if their school shows significant improvement on certain metrics from one year to the next.
      • In Stamford, teachers who earn a National Board Certification are granted a one-time, $2,500 stipend.
    • The starting salaries in Waterford and Middletown, and many other districts, are about $5,000 higher for teachers with a master’s degree compared to teachers with a bachelor’s degree.

Benefits of a Sustainable Career

Teachers tend to get good benefits packages, too. Along with standard medical, dental and vision insurance provided by school districts, teachers participate in the Connecticut State Teachers Retirement System that allows teachers to retire at age 60 with 20 years of in-state service, or retire even earlier by meeting other criteria.

Teachers can supplement their salaries within their school communities to earn thousands more each year. 

Whether you’re interested in coaching athletics, producing a play, leading a club or activity, writing curriculum or mentoring new teachers, there are many ways to earn more while doing something you’re passionate about. 

For instance, in East Hartford, you can receive a $50,200 starting salary, serve as a Professional Development Coordinator for $5,700, and coach Cheerleading for $2,700, which evens out to $58,600.

  • Extracurriculars Pay Off

    Teachers can supplement their salaries within their school communities to earn thousands more each year. 

    Whether you’re interested in coaching athletics, producing a play, leading a club or activity, writing curriculum or mentoring new teachers, there are many ways to earn more while doing something you’re passionate about. 

    For instance, in East Hartford, you can receive a $50,200 starting salary, serve as a Professional Development Coordinator for $5,700, and coach Cheerleading for $2,700, which evens out to $58,600.

  • Loan Forgiveness

    It’s an important question to answer: How are you going to fund your education? Ironically, stepping into a classroom can mean stepping out of debt.

    If you have a student loan, you may be eligible for relief if you’re willing to commit to teaching for several years in key areas, thanks to the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.

  • Funding Opportunities

    There are many organizations and funds that want to give teachers free, no-strings-attached money. Looking for scholarships? Want to pursue a development experience? You will find hundreds of grants, scholarships and fellowships for teachers.

    Check out Scholarships & Financial Aid for specific funding opportunities in Connecticut.

  • Housing Assistance

    Living anywhere, including Connecticut, can be expensive, but there are additional benefits to help teachers find a home that is just right for relaxing and recharging!

    The Connecticut Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program is built specifically for teachers buying a home in Connecticut. Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) offers an additional 0.125% off already below-market interest rate loans to help teachers in subject shortage areas and/or high-needs districts become homeowners in the communities where they work. CHFA has also increased mortgage rate reductions to 0.250% to help recruit and retain teachers of color who meet eligibility criteria. 

    Additionally, teachers can take advantage of the federal government’s Good Neighbor Next Door program, which lists eligible single family homes in revitalization areas. In order to contribute to community revitalization, the U.S. Department of Housing and Development offers a discount of 50 percent from the list price of the home to teachers.

  • Real Summers

    Everyone knows teachers get to take advantage of the summer months to regenerate, expand their skills and knowledge, spend time with family and friends, and be prepared to start fresh in the fall. You could use the summer to:

    • Check out extended travel—sometimes, extended paid travel, with global grants for teachers.
    • Design your own fellowship to support student success. Enrich your practice and strengthen your schools and communities with a Fund for Teachers grant.
    • Develop your skills. Get paid to be an summer professional in related fields like coaching, curriculum writing, summer school teaching, teacher mentoring and more.
    • Master a hobby. Work on a novel, learn a new language or paint that masterpiece.
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