Here are the 1987-88 average teacher salary figures ranked for the 50 states and the District of Columbia, as released by the National Education Association:

1. Alaska 40,4242. Dist. of Col. 36,465

3. New York 33,600

4. Connecticut 33,515

5. California 33,092

6. Michigan 32,926

7. Rhode Island 32,858

8. Maryland 30,829

9. New Jersey 30,778

10. Massachusetts 30,019

11. Illinois 29,735

12. Minnesota 29,620

13. Delaware 29,575

14. Wyoming 29,378

15. Wisconsin 29,206

16. Pennsylvania 28,961

17. Hawaii 28,785

18. Ohio 28,778

19. Colorado 28,651

U.S. average 28,031

20. Washington 27,960

21. Oregon 27,750

22. Nevada 27,600

23. Virginia 27,436

24. Arizona 27,388

25. Indiana 27,386

26. Georgia 26,177

27. Texas 25,655

28. Florida 25,382

29. N. Carolina 25,073

30. Iowa 24,867

31. Missouri 24,703

32. Kansas 24,364

33. New Mexico 24,351

34. Kentucky 24,274

35. S. Carolina 24,241

36. New Hampshire 24,019

37. Utah 23,882

38. Montana 23,798

39. Tennessee 23,785

40. Maine 23,425

41. Vermont 23,397

42. Alabama 23,320

43. Nebraska 23,246

44. Idaho 22,783

45. Oklahoma 22,006

46. West Virginia 21,736

47. North Dakaota 21,660

48. Louisiana 20,885

49. Mississippi 20,669

50. Arkansas 20,340

51. South Dakota 19,750