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Teacher pay estimates show some NC improvement, but state still lags below national average

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — The latest public school teacher pay rankings show North Carolina still below the national average but making improvement after raises were approved last summer.

The new annual National Education Association report showed North Carolina ranked 47th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia during the 2013-14 school year in average teacher pay, at almost $45,000.

The NEA's average pay estimate this year for North Carolina is about $47,800, compared to the national average of about $57,400. North Carolina's 6.2 percent increase represented the highest jump in the country. The legislature raised the minimum salary to $33,000 and gave raises of varying amounts to others.

The North Carolina Association of Educators said the state is now ranked 42nd.

This year's per-pupil expenditures show North Carolina behind Southeastern neighbors.

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