If you guessed Richland, Kennewick, Pasco or Walla Walla you'd be wrong...

The highest paid teachers in the Mid Columbia work for the Pendleton School District! It's the highest paying district in all Eastern Oregon and trumps Southeast Washington as well.

Most Tri-Cities and Walla Walla area districts pay around $55,000 on average.

Why so much more in Pendleton?

Second, their compensation does not include retirement. If the money pulled out of other teacher pay for retirement was put back into the check, Pendleton may not be No. 1 anymore. But even with that, it still boasts better salaries than nearby Hermiston, Umatilla and La Grande.