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Learn more about average salaries, cost of living, and expenses in the Appalachia region.


Salaries for a first-year teacher without a master's degree in their content area range from $32,000-36,000. Corps members are independently hired by local districts. They are responsible for obtaining certification and employment and are not paid by Teach For America.

  • Monthly pre-tax salary: $2900
  • Taxes: $375
  • Health insurance: $50
  • Monthly take home pay: $2475


Most districts offer medical, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, and retirement benefits. 

Moving Costs

Deposits are generally one month's rent

Rent & Utilities

  • Single: $475
  • Shared: $325

Living Expenses

  • Phone, Internet, Utilities: $100-175
  • Gas costs vary depending on how close to your school you choose to live

Housing Assistance

It can be daunting to find housing in a new place, but you'll find corps members, alumni, staff, community members, and even your new administrators all pitch in to help ensure everyone finds a place that works for them.


A vehicle is required here, but Kentucky's low cost of living means a first or second-year teacher's salary can go much further here than in other parts of the country.