Nearly a third of New Jersey school districts have starting teacher salaries of $50,000 or above, according to the New Jersey Education Association, which says teachers at 182 of the districts the union represents in negotiations now have first year teaching salaries above that milestone. There are 592 school districts in New Jersey, according to Steve Wollmer, spokesman for the NJEA. The union represents all but six.
The highest paying starting salary for the 2011-2012 school year is in Westfield, at $57,862. The only district in the state to have a beginning salary of less than $40,000 is East Newark.