As the 19th most populous state in the country, Maryland has a large student population and, as a result, a sizable teaching workforce. As of 2014, it had 856,086 elementary, middle, and high school students across 1,454 schools, not including a large amount of private schools. The most impressive part of Maryland is that it is widely regarded as having the best schools in the country. Fifty-three percent of the state's high schools made Newsweek's "America's Best High Schools" list. In addition, 32 percent of high school students took and passed Advanced Placement Exams, which is well above the national average. The state also has 14 public universities, 15 private universities, and 16 community colleges.
Maryland Education Job Market
One great aspect of teaching in Maryland is that it didn't suffer the large amount of budget cuts other states face d. Instead, the governor decided to cut from other areas of the budget, leaving the education portion completely intact. The state plans to add several thousand jobs in the next year to offset the number of retirees. Most of the education job opportunities lie in Baltimore, which is a district struggling to keep up with the demand for high-quality teachers.
Education Salaries in Maryland
The average starting salary for teachers with no experience in Maryland education jobs is between $41,000 and $45,000 and is based on the county of employment. However, many schools also provide additional compensation for those with certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, often between $1,000 and $5,000 a year. The average overall salary in Maryland is about $58,000 a year. Every school district in the state has a salary that is above the national average. Salaries at universities and community colleges also average between $80,000 and $100,000 a year.