Teacher salaries in Alabama fell for the third straight year in 2016, according to the latest job numbers from the Alabama Education Department.
The median salary for Alabama teachers in 2016 was $74,000.
The job market has been a mixed bag, however, with the unemployment rate dropping from 8.6% in March 2016 to 7.2% in January.
The drop in wages is attributed in part to an ongoing economic recession in the state, which has seen teachers retire from the profession and a number of school districts cut classes.
In the past three years, the number of Alabama teachers has dropped by nearly 300,000, according the Alabama Department of Education.
However, there are some positives in the data.
As of February 1, 2016, the Alabama Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the number in the field of teaching has grown by 7.5%, and the state is on track to reach its largest number of teachers since the early 2000s.
According to the Department of Labor, in 2016 the median salary was $73,000 for a teacher working in a full-time position.
This is a far cry from the $90,000 salary that a teacher earning the median in the last three years made.
Teachers can expect to see a big pay raise as the state’s economy improves.
While the state has struggled to make the transition from an oil-dependent economy to one of a more diversified economy, the state does have a strong school system and has an excellent school system to boot.
Currently, Alabama teachers are making between $66,000 and $75,000 annually.