How much is car insurance for teachers?

Like many other highly-educated professionals, teachers are considered low-risk drivers. This can get you rates about 2% lower than average even before other discounts are applied. Teaching is also one of the jobs that can earn you a discount. With the educator discount, a teacher can save up to another 14% off their annual insurance rate, depending on the company.

Below, you will see the average rates for teachers at several major car insurance companies.

Best Car Insurance Rates for Teachers
CompanyAverage base rateAverage teacher ratePrice difference in $Price difference %
Kansas Insurance$1,154$1,046$10810%
Country Financial$1,645$1,494$1519%
Mercury Insurance$2,276$2,100$1768%
Automobile Club MI$2,769$2,557$2127%
State Auto$4,277$4,143$1343%

Of course, the rate you pay depends on the insurance. Geico has the lowest rates overall across the country based on’s 2022 analysis of top market-share companies for full coverage. Since Geico also has a teacher discount, it’s possible you’ll get the best rate there. Progressive’s average teacher discount is 14%, which means if you have a lower base rate there than average, you’ll save more with Progressive.

Car insurance discounts for teachers

A number of insurance companies provide car insurance for teachers and other educators. Some of the insurers that offer educator discounts include:

  • Farmers
  • State Auto
  • Plymouth Rock
  • California Casualty
  • Geico
  • Esurance
  • Horace Mann

There’s no industry-wide discount for teachers, but Megan MacBey, account executive at Eagle Insurance Group in Massachusetts, says you can get savings in other ways.

“Discounts would depend on the company. Some may have an affinity program for teachers with certain schools or universities, but there is not a general discount that applies to all teachers,” she says.

In addition to companies offering specific teacher discounts, there are other options for educators.

Educator group discounts. Membership in organizations such as state educator associations can earn you a discount on your car insurance. For example, in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) provides several discounts, including 12% off with State Auto. They also partner with Educators Insurance Agency, which is a member of the Hanover Insurance Group, for other discounts.

Alumni discounts. Many colleges and universities offer insurance discount programs for their students and alumni. Check with your alma mater.

How can teachers get cheaper car insurance rates?

The cheapest car insurance for teachers doesn’t stop at educator discounts. Ask about all of these discounts:

  • Paperless billing, auto-pay or prepaid
  • Homeowner
  • Auto and home or renters insurance bundles
  • Low mileage
  • Good/safe driver
  • Multi-car
  • Safety and security features

Comparison shopping is the best way to save, as everyone’s a little different. The company that’s cheapest for another teacher might not be the cheapest for you.

Here are a few other ways to get cheap car insurance rates:

  1. Watch for rate increases prior to renewal and be ready to shop around.
  2. Maintain a clean driving record and good credit.
  3. Maintain continual auto insurance coverage as a lapse can increase rates.

Low rates are a good start, but certain companies also offer specific perks for teachers. State Auto offers coverage for teaching supplies and a $0 deductible for school-related damage. Horace Mann is an insurance company dedicated entirely to educators. Make sure you balance the service you’re getting with the rate you’re paying.

Methodology commissioned rates from Quadrant Data Services for a 40-year-old driver with a clean record and good credit, with full coverage. Base rates were compared to rates with teacher discounts from companies offering those discounts.