FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) – Kentucky dropped from 32nd to 36th nationally in the state-by-state average salary for public school teachers.

The average salary of Kentucky teachers is $56,912, which is $10,595 less than the average national salary of $67,507, according to research done by the National Education Association (NEA).

NEA research showed salaries in the Commonwealth rose 0.46% from the 2019-2020 school year to the 2020-2021 school year, which ranks 43rd nationally in terms of raises for teachers. Only states like Alabama, North Carolina, West Virginia, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Idaho, and Louisiana ranked lower.

Kentucky Education Association (KEA) has shown support for Gov. Andy Beshear’s proposed budget which would invest $2 billion into the state’s K-12 education system, which the KEA has confirmed is the largest investment since the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act.

Beshear’s budget also calls for a mandatory 5% increase in salary across the board for every school employee.