What is Teaching in Utah Like?

Utah is a fast-growing and developing state. It is known for its affordable cost of living as well as its beautiful surrounding environment. There is a range of schools that are seeking teachers. From public to private, there is a place for everyone! You’ll find that teaching in Utah will provide you with so many opportunities as well as room for growth in your career.

Not only that, but Utah is known for its ‘Greatest Snow on Earth’ and its exciting outdoor recreational scene. From Salt Lake City, you are only a 30-minute drive away from eight different ski resorts, and less than a half day’s drive to five different national parks.

Utah's Need for Teachers

Right now, the nation is experiencing a shortage of teachers; however, the need for well-trained, quality teachers is especially felt within the state of Utah. Nearly four out of every ten new Utah teachers exit the profession within five years, which is more than double the national average. We cannot afford to lose teachers when the need is so great, especially when there are students throughout the state that could benefit significantly from having teachers step up and teach!

The job market in Utah is projected to increase by 28.3 percent, which means that the need for teachers is high. They are needed now more than ever!


First Year Teacher's Salary by District

Salary by county

Utah Teaching Salaries

Salary Difference: Bachelor's vs Master's

The National Council on Teacher Quality found that 88 percent of the largest districts compensated their employees according to education level. “On average, a master’s degree earns teachers an additional $2,760 in their first year of teaching compared to a bachelor’s degree. This salary advantage expands to an average of $7,358 per year by the time a teacher reaches the maximum point of the pay scale.” 

On average, teachers in Utah make $55,000 a year.