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Highest-Pay School District’s Union Compares Teacher Pay To A Minnow

Average teacher pay is $82,065 at this Macomb district

Earlier this month, the Utica Education Association posted on its website an internet meme pairing an image of a man pulling a shark out of the water with that of a hand holding a minnow.

“Teacher’s effort vs. Teacher’s salary,” the union meme stated.

Teachers at Utica Community Schools appear to have been the state’s most highest teachers compensated in 2018-19, according to data just released by the Michigan Department of Education.

The average teacher salary at the Utica district was $82,065. The highest paid teacher made $109,364 in 2018, according to the Macomb County school district.

Warren Consolidated Schools is also in Macomb, and it had the state’s second highest average teacher salaries last year, at $81,204.


The average teacher salary in the state of Michigan was $62,170 in 2018-19.

The top 10 public school districts in terms of average teacher salary are all located three counties: Oakland, Macomb and Wayne.

Districts in some less affluent parts of the state pay considerably less.

For example, the average pay for teachers in Eau Claire Public Schools in Berrien County was $50,142 in 2018-19.

The average teacher salary of teachers in Bellevue Community Schools in Eaton County was $45,726 in 2018-19.

Michigan Capitol Confidential is the news source produced by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Michigan Capitol Confidential reports with a free-market news perspective.