Teaching is not about money. Yes, you can make a modest living, and the salaries differ from state to state. You also earn "step raises" as time goes on, meaning the more experience you acquire, the higher your salary will become. But if you are a beginning teacher, you will likely start at the bottom of the ladder for your district. Your salary will be determined by your degree and by your area of specialization. Also, those teaching special education and physical education, for example, may be able to demand a higher starting salary than someone teaching general academics with no prior experience. In most cases, a beginning teacher should expect to start at around $35,000 a year.