The new school year is coming up quickly. For many, the school year has already started. With that season comes a crop of very special people, the educators or teachers. Do they do the job for the money or for the love and satisfaction of the job?

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I think we all know the answer to that. We all remember those special teachers who went beyond the call of duty to impress upon us certain subjects, lessons and life lessons.There are more hazards on the job today than ever before for teachers.  It is no secret that annual pay for teachers in all areas needs to be increased.

According to the National Education Association, (NEA) the average annual salary for teachers (2012-2013) is $36,141. That is for about 10 months of work. The states with the highest annual salaries are The District of Columbia at $51,539 and New Jersey at $48,631. The lowest salaries are South Dakota at $29,851 and Montana at $27,274.

North Dakota's annual salary for teachers is $32,019.

The complete list shows that a lot of work needs to be done to increase the annual salary of some of the most important professional is the workforce today.

(Source NEA and NEA Collective Bargaining/Member Advocacy’s Teacher Salary Database, based on affiliate reporting as of December 2013.)

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