CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's largest teachers union is calling for higher pay that's competitive with surrounding states.
The West Virginia Education Association launched its competitive salary campaign during a news conference on Monday in Charleston.
West Virginia's average teacher salary is about $45,000, which ranks 48th in the nation. The national average is about $55,000.
WVEA President Dale Lee says the state needs to be competitive with its surrounding states, all of which have larger average salaries for their teachers.
Those average salaries range from nearly $49,000 in Virginia to about $64,000 in Pennsylvania. However, Lee declined to specify what the union believes would be a competitive salary.
Lee also didn't specify where the state would get the money for raises. Every $1,000 salary increase would cost the state about $26.4 million.