Kansas Teaching Salaries and Benefits


Have you thought about retirement lately? If you’ve been focusing on learning more about teaching methods, certification requirements, and the educational climate in each state, then chances are you haven’t.

Given the large amount of information teachers must absorb before even applying for jobs, employee benefits like retirement options and health insurance might take a back seat to other concerns.

However, considering the rising costs of living and health care, your employee benefits may turn out to be just as important, if not more important, than the salary you receive. As a teacher in Kansas, you’ll not only have access to retirement planning services and pension benefits, but to a system of care that adds to the wellbeing of you and your family.

Learn more about becoming a teacher. Contact schools offering teacher education/certification programs in Kansas.

Retiring in Kansas

Kansas offers teachers access to its public employee pension fund, ensuring teachers are well supported throughout their retirement. In Kansas, you’re eligible to receive full pension benefits if you meet the following retirement qualifications:

  • At age 65 with five years of service credit
  • At age 60 with 30 years of service credit

The Kansas Public Employees’ Retirement System distributes over $1 billion in benefits to over 925,000 members. This system remains funded through a mixture of employee and employer contributions to help maintain these benefits for future recipients.

As a teacher, you’ll be enrolled in the Tier 2 system that requires you contribute 6% of your salary to the fund. However, your actual benefits do not rely on how much you contribute, but rather on a formula that takes into account your average salary and years of service.

You can discover your likely pension benefits with the following calculation:

Final Average Salary
multiplied by
Statutory Multiplier (1.75%)
multiplied by
Years of Service

For example, if you worked for 30 years and retired with an average final salary of $50,000, you would receive lifetime monthly benefits of $2,187.50.

In addition to your pension benefits, retirees also automatically receive Basic Group Life Insurance, equal to 150% of your salary. Upon your death, the beneficiary you name receives a $4,000 payment in addition to any remaining pension benefits.

If you’re interested in learning more about some of the retirement benefits you’ll receive as a teacher in Kansas, contact the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System .

Access to Affordable Health Insurance

Kansas school districts offer teachers competing health insurance benefits to attract the most qualified candidates for the job.

Most schools offer their teachers not only medical coverage, but access to dental and vision benefits as well. When choosing a school, you should discuss these individual benefits to discover what may be offered to you.

Perhaps the most striking differences between various health insurance plans are the network choices and overall costs. While some schools cover the entire health premium, others require a contribution from you.

Despite these differences, however, most insurance plans cover similar services. Some services you’ll be covered for include:

  • Physician Office Visits
  • X-ray Services
  • Routine Preventative Care
  • Mammograms
  • Routine Vision Care
  • Inpatient Hospital Services
  • Emergency Room Services
  • Urgent Care

With coverage in these and other areas, you’ll guarantee the continued safety of you and your family. If you want to learn more about some of the benefits you’ll gain as a Kansas teacher, contact your potential employer.

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