We compare average teacher salaries in each state, plus the salary difference between public and private schools as well as primary and secondary schools. Click on the state names in the table to view the Best Places to Teach ranking for that state:. Surprisingly, teacher salaries are higher overall at public schools, rather than at private schools. Want to see the schools in American where teachers are treated well? We ranked the best places to teach in America. Check it out! Former Marketing and Business Analyst at Niche. Dessert aficionado. Currently living and working in New York City.