AP® Teacher Jobs and Salary Expectations
Being an AP® teacher is challenging and rewarding at the same time. These teachers not only help high school students get ready for college-level classes but also significantly impact their academic and professional futures. It’s no surprise, then, that the number of educators who want to teach AP courses is growing. According to the College Board, the number of AP teachers has been steadily increasing over the past several years. In the 2019-2020 school year, there were over 253,000 AP teachers across the United States, representing a 6.2% increase from the previous year.1 Additionally, the demand for AP teachers has grown, as nearly 90% of schools in the United States currently offer at least one AP course.2
AP Environmental Science
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*Data from Glassdoor9-17
Strategies for AP Teacher Career Advancement
One of the best ways for AP teachers to move up in their careers is to get more teaching experience and add it to their resumes. You can, for example, go to college and earn certifications, look for leadership roles in your district or school, and take advantage of opportunities to improve your skills as a professional. Continuing education and professional development are also important if you want to advance your career as an AP teacher.
The Future of AP Teacher Jobs and Salaries
Predictions about AP teaching jobs and salaries in the future are based on several factors, such as population changes, the amount of money spent on education, technological advances, and changes in educational policies. One possible prediction is that there will be more need for AP teachers in the coming years because the number of students who want to enroll in advanced courses is expected to grow. But some places or subject areas may not have enough teachers, while others may have too many, depending on population and funding levels.
General educator and AP pay are also likely to vary by region and subject area, depending on available funds and policies. Higher demand for AP teachers and strong unions in some states tend to result in higher salaries. In comparison, lower demand or weaker unions in other states tend to result in lower wages.
Top 5 States for High School Teacher Salaries (Including Advanced Placement)
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