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How much does your child's teacher earn? Here's an Erie-Niagara breakdown.

Below is a chart showing the average salaries for public school teachers in all of the Erie and Niagara county school districts.

The information, provided by the Empire Center for Public Policy and based on state data, accompanies a media release indicating that from 2008-09  to 2012-13, the statewide median teacher salary rose by 10 percent -- and the median for downstate suburban districts increased almost twice as much.

In Erie County, the average public school teacher's salary for 2012-13 was $62,510. In Niagara County, the average was $64,520.

In Buffalo, where a new teacher contract hasn't been adopted in a decade, teacher salaries have lagged behind other other districts in the region, though the lower wages for city teachers are offset somewhat by the fact that many teachers receive fully covered health benefits. Blank spots in the chart indicate where state data is missing.

-- Sandra Tan

Erie-Niagara Average Teacher Salaries by Sandra Tan

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Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

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Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

@BNschoolzone | stan@buffnews.com


Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

@DeidreWilliamsB | dswilliams@buffnews.com

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