The Associated School Boards of South Dakota conducted a study in which they surveyed 125 South Dakota superintendents.
The study found 75% of South Dakota superintendents say teacher's low pay is a reason they have trouble hiring and keeping teachers.
On top of that, the superintendents were asked if finding qualified applicants is getting easier or harder in the past three years. 115 said it is becoming more difficult. Only one said it is becoming less difficult.
The National Education Association says the average starting pay for teachers in South Dakota is a little over $29,000 and nationwide the average is about $35,500. District of Columbia has the highest starting salary at $51,000.
According to the website salary.com a teacher in St. Cloud, MN averages a little over $51,000 a year, compared to Aberdeen teachers that average a little over $28,000.