A new report shows Oklahoma schools teacher pay has improved from 49th to 34th in the country.
The teacher pay raise that took place last April played a big role in the boost.
The average income for Oklahoma teachers rose 13 point two percent, going from just over 46-thousand in 2017 to more than 52-thousand currently.
This pay boost includes retirement, healthcare, and state benefits.
“Its tremendous because I think it helps our recruiting and retention of our staff. Those numbers speak for themselves. We had 37 educators my first year that either left the profession or they went out of state.” said Jeremy Hogan, Miami Public Schools Superintendent
Hogan says he hopes Oklahoma uses this momentum to set up a long term plan to continue to be competitive in teacher pay.