Montana was the 14th fastest growing state in the country between July 2007 and July 2008, according to the Center for the Rocky Mountain West. Its population increased by 1.13% during this time frame. About 60% of this increase was due to migration into the state. Most of this net migration occurred in the following counties:
- Yellowstone – 1,796 people
- Gallatin – 1,699 people
- Flathead – 1,217 people
- Missoula – 1,013 people
While some of this population increase is due to new immigrants moving to Montana from other states, a substantial amount is due to an influx of people from other countries. According to the U.S. Census, 20,060 of Montana’s 2010 residents were born outside of the country, which comprised 2% of the state’s total population.
While many members of the immigrant population are fluent in English, others require assistance in learning the language. The National Center for Education Statistics reported that 2.3% of Montana’s public school children were enrolled in programs for English Language Learners (ELL) during the 2011-12 school year.
These 3,318 students spoke a variety of languages. 26% of them spoke Spanish with German a close second at 23.6%. Additional languages included Russian, Chinese, and French.
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry provides the 2012 median salaries for Montana teachers, including those with ESL endorsements:
- Elementary School Teachers – $45,642
- Middle School Teachers – $45,247
- Secondary School Teachers – $46,622
In addition to teaching K-12 students, ESL teachers can also work with adults. These teachers are included in the category of Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers. 2013 salary data for these Montana teachers is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is shown in the following table: