Teacher salaries in Texas rank significantly lower than the national average. According to a study by the American federation of teachers, Texas salaries average 30th in the country.
The average in Texas was about 40-thousand dollars in the 2002-03 school year... Compared to the national average of about 46-thousand.
Texas' ranking did not change from the previous year, despite a one-point-nine percent increase in average salaries. Teachers' groups have pleaded for higher salaries this year as lawmakers grapple with overhauling Texas's school funding system.