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Teachers in Virginia are paid more than their counterparts around the country.
Educators for all grades in Virginia are making around $2,000 more a year on average, than teachers around the country.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says elementary school teachers in Virginia make on average $58,510 a year, compared to $56,130 nationally, and high school teachers take home more than $60,000 compared to the national average of $57,770.
But pay scales vary around the state. The federal report says of the state's 10 Metro areas, only the Washington region — including Arlington and Alexandria — has wages for all teachers that were significantly more than the national average.
Teachers at all levels in Lynchburg, Richmond and Roanoke are paid significantly less than the national average.