In 2016, South Dakota lawmakers decided to increase education funding so districts could raise teacher salaries to what they referred to as a "respectful level" or an average of $48,500. A report released Friday
shows that more districts are not only meeting that level, they are exceeding it.
The best-paying district is Douglas in Box Elder, where the average teacher now makes nearly $55,000 per year.
The lowest salaries are in Rutland, where the average teacher makes less than $36,000. On a positive note, that's 13 percent more than last year.
Here's a look at the average pay in South Dakota's largest districts:
Sioux Falls Public Schools pay teachers an average of $51,000 - a more than nine percent increase.
The average teacher in Rapid City makes about $300 more - thanks to a 12 percent raise.
Meanwhile, the salary average statewide is up by nearly nine percent.
That puts average teacher pay just over $45,600. Review all the numbers online.
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For decades, South Dakota has been home to the nation's lowest teacher pay. That's not the case anymore.