Average pay for North Carolina teachers ranks 35th in the nation, according estimates released by the National Education Association.
The NEA teacher rankings have been used as a measuring stick for legislators and education groups to gauge the adequacy of teacher pay.
Last year, average teacher salaries ranked 41st. A few years ago, average salaries had fallen to near the bottom of national rankings.
The report comes as the state is beginning debates over raises that will be part of next year’s budget.
The state Senate has proposed an average 3.7 percent raise for teachers in its budget. The money is not distributed evenly. Beginning teachers and those with 25 years experience or more would not get more money, while the biggest raises would go to teachers with nine to 14 years experience.