What teachers are paid matters. Many factors play a role in making the decision to become a teacher, but for many people compensation heavily influences the decision not only to enter the profession but also whether to stay in it and when to leave. For teachers, knowing where salaries start and end isn’t enough; they must also understand the path they will take from starting salary to the top of the scale. This NCTQ infographic compares the career salaries for teachers from the east and west coast. The full report delves deeper into what teachers make, how long it takes and what it buys them.