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Students work with their teacher at a school in the Union district. A revenue package that could be signed by Gov. Mary Fallin would give Oklahoma's teachers raises that on average would total about $6,000, making the new average teacher pay about $51,300. Tulsa World File

The National Education Association's research is used across the U.S. when reporting average teacher salaries for 50 states and the District of Columbia.

In 2016, the last year for which data is available, Oklahoma's average teacher salary is reportedly $45,276, including fringe benefits. That puts the state, at No. 49, ahead of only South Dakota and Mississippi in the national ranking. Find out what the average teacher salary is in each Oklahoma school district. 

A revenue package that could be signed by Gov. Mary Fallin would give Oklahoma's teachers raises that on average would total about $6,100, making the new average teacher pay about $51,400. 

Assuming the 2016 averages stayed the same for all other states (which is unlikely: West Virginia and South Dakota notably are among those that have since significantly increased their teacher pay), this raise would make Oklahoma's ranking No. 28 in the country for highest average salary.

In the seven-state region, Oklahoma would rank No. 2, behind Texas, for highest average teacher salary. Here are how the regional averages could look after a raise takes effect (again, assuming 2016 numbers stayed the same):

1. Texas: $51,890

2. Oklahoma: $51,400 (estimated)

3. Arkansas:$48,218

4. Missouri: $47,957

5. Kansas: $47,755

6. New Mexico: $47,163

7. Colorado: $46,155


From the NEA: Average teacher salary for 2016, sorted from lowest to highest

51. South Dakota42,025
50. Mississippi42,744
49. Oklahoma 45,276
48. West Virginia45,622
47. Idaho46,122
46. Colorado46,155
45. Utah46,887
44. New Mexico47,163
43. Arizona47,218
42. Kansas47,755
41. North Carolina47,941
40. Missouri47,957
39. Tennessee48,217
38. Arkansas48,218
37. Alabama48,518
36. South Carolina48,769
35. Florida49,199
34. Louisiana49,745
33. North Dakota50,472
32. Maine50,498
31. Indiana50,715
30. Virginia50,834
29. Montana51,034
*Oklahoma51,400
28. Nebraska51,386
27. Texas51,890
26. Kentucky52,134
25. Washington53,738
24. Wisconsin54,115
23. Georgia54,190
22. Iowa54,416
21. Ohio56,441
20. New Hampshire56,616
19. Minnesota56,913
18. Nevada56,943
17. Hawaii57,431
16. Wyoming58,140
15. Vermont58,901
14. Delaware59,960
13. Oregon60,359
12. Illinois61,342
11. Michigan62,028
10. Pennsylvania65,151
9. Rhode Island66,197
8. Maryland66,456
7. Alaska67,443
6. New Jersey69,330
5. Connecticut72,013
4. District of Columbia75,810
3. Massachusetts76,981
2. California77,179
1. New York79,152

* Reflects where Oklahoma could rank after a teacher pay raise.