The U.S. Department of Education reported Wednesday that the average teacher salary in the country is $56,000 a year.
The median teacher salary was $43,000 in 2014.
The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median wage for teachers nationwide was $40,200 in 2016.
The Bureau of Education Statistics’ data shows that teachers who earned less than $30,000 annually earned an average of $29,813 in 2016, the highest annual wage of any category of teachers.
The bureau reports that teachers earning between $35,000 and $60,000 received an average salary of $55,300.
The bureau also reported that teacher salaries increased by 3 percent in 2017, bringing the average salary for a teacher to $58,700.