Budget & Tax , Education

Oklahoma teacher salaries have risen dramatically

Curtis Shelton | November 10, 2023

In 2017, the average teacher salary (including fringe benefits) in Oklahoma was $45,646.

In the current school year, it is $62,640. That’s a 34 percent increase.

A large portion of the increase came during the 2023 legislative session, when an additional $250 million was added specifically for teacher salaries.

Sources: Oklahoma State Department of Education, Certified Staff FTE by Job Code reports; author’s calculation

Curtis Shelton Policy Research Fellow

Curtis Shelton

Policy Research Fellow

Curtis Shelton currently serves as a policy research fellow for OCPA with a focus on fiscal policy. Curtis graduated Oklahoma State University in 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts in Finance. Previously, he served as a summer intern at OCPA and spent time as a staff accountant for Sutherland Global Services.

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