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They’re No. 1: Utica Teachers Michigan’s Highest Paid

Earned $81,641 on average; the statewide average was $63,553

For the second year in a row, Utica Community Schools teachers were the state’s highest paid, on average.

Utica teachers received an average salary of $81,641 in 2019-20. Teachers at Warren Consolidated Schools were the second-highest paid, with an average salary of $81,487.

The figures come from a Michigan Department of Education’s annual survey, released in March.

The average teacher salary statewide was $63,553 in the 2019-20 school year.

Michigan teacher salaries vary greatly depending on the district. For example, the average salary of a Benton Harbor Area Schools’ teacher in 2019-20 was $44,197, or 46% lower than teachers in the top-paying school district.

Here’s a list of the highest paying school district each year since 2013-14:

2013-14: Redford Union Schools, $86,675

2014-15: Farmington Public Schools, $84,903

2015-16: Utica Community Schools, $80,334

2016-17: Walled Lake Consolidated Schools, $81,593

2017-18: Walled Lake Consolidated Schools, $81,168

2018-19: Utica Community Schools, $82,065

2019-20: Utica Community Schools, $81,641


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.