Elementary and Secondary Education

Public School Teacher Salaries: 2005

  • 1st quartile
    ($58,688–$50,869)
  • 2nd quartile
    ($50,790–$43,394)
  • 3rd quartile
    ($43,313–$39,965)
  • 4th quartile
    ($39,456–$34,040)

Quartiles

Public school teacher salaries: 2005
 
1st Quartile
($58,688–$50,869)
2nd Quartile
($50,790–$43,394)
3rd Quartile
($43,319–$39,965)
4th Quartile
($39,456–$34,040)
 
Alaska Colorado Arizona Alabama
California Georgia Arkansas Kansas
Connecticut Hawaii Florida Louisiana
Delaware Indiana Idaho Mississippi
District of Columbia Minnesota Iowa Missouri
Illinois Nevada Kentucky Montana
Maryland New Hampshire Maine Nebraska
Massachusetts Ohio North Carolina New Mexico
Michigan Oregon South Carolina North Dakota
New Jersey Vermont Tennessee Oklahoma
New York Virginia Texas South Dakota
Pennsylvania Washington Utah West Virginia
Rhode Island Wisconsin Wyoming  
 
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics (various years). See Data Table.

Findings

  • During the 2004–05 academic year, salaries for public school teachers nationwide averaged $47,750, ranging from a state high of $58,688 to a low of $34,040.
  • Over the past decade, average teacher salaries across the nation rose by 30% in terms of current dollars. Average teacher salaries remained essentially flat when expressed in constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index.
  • California and Illinois moved into the upper ranks of teacher salaries with increases of more than 40% between 1995 and 2005.
  • High salaries for public school teachers do not necessarily correspond to high student achievement scores on the NAEP mathematics and science tests.

Description

This indicator measures the income public school teachers receive for their work. The average salary represents the average base salary of all full-time public school teachers. Figures are given in current dollars. The year is the latter date of the academic year. The average includes both recent college graduates and seasoned veterans. Their educational credentials may encompass provisional certification through bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees.

Public school teacher salaries may reflect a range of factors, including the value placed on primary and secondary education, a state's cost of living, the experience and educational attainment of the teachers, and the local supply and demand in the job market. Relatively low teacher salaries may hinder recruitment into the teaching profession.

Data Table

Table 8-9
Public school teacher salaries, by state: 1995, 2000, and 2005
(Dollars)
 
State 1995 2000 2005
 
United States 36,685 41,807 47,750
Alabama 31,144 36,689 38,863
Alaska 47,951 46,462 52,424
Arizona 32,574 36,902 42,905
Arkansas 28,934 33,386 40,495
California 41,078 47,680 57,876
Colorado 34,571 38,163 44,161
Connecticut 50,045 51,780 58,688
Delaware 39,076 44,435 50,869
District of Columbia 43,700 47,076 58,456
Florida 32,588 36,722 41,081
Georgia 32,291 41,023 46,526
Hawaii 38,518 40,578 44,273
Idaho 29,783 35,547 42,122
Illinois 39,431 46,486 55,629
Indiana 36,785 41,850 46,851
Iowa 31,511 35,678 40,347
Kansas 34,652 34,981 39,190
Kentucky 32,257 36,380 41,002
Louisiana 26,461 33,109 38,880
Maine 31,972 35,561 40,940
Maryland 40,661 44,048 52,331
Massachusetts 40,718 46,580 54,596
Michigan 41,895 49,044 55,693
Minnesota 35,948 39,802 46,906
Mississippi 26,818 31,857 36,590
Missouri 31,189 35,656 38,971
Montana 28,785 32,121 38,485
Nebraska 30,922 33,237 39,456
Nevada 34,836 39,390 43,394
New Hampshire 34,720 37,734 43,941
New Jersey 47,038 52,015 56,600
New Mexico 28,493 32,554 39,328
New York 47,612 51,020 56,200
North Carolina 30,793 39,404 43,313
North Dakota 26,327 29,863 36,449
Ohio 36,802 41,436 48,692
Oklahoma 28,172 31,298 37,141
Oregon 38,555 42,336 50,790
Pennsylvania 44,510 48,321 52,700
Rhode Island 40,729 47,041 53,473
South Carolina 30,279 36,081 42,207
South Dakota 25,994 29,071 34,040
Tennessee 32,477 36,328 41,527
Texas 31,223 37,567 41,009
Utah 29,082 34,946 39,965
Vermont 35,406 37,758 44,535
Virginia 33,987 38,744 44,763
Washington 36,151 41,043 45,712
West Virginia 31,944 35,009 38,360
Wisconsin 37,746 41,153 43,466
Wyoming 31,285 34,127 40,392
       
Puerto Rico NA NA NA
 

NA = not available

NOTES: National average for United States is reported value in Digest of Education Statistics. Average salaries reported in current dollars.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics (various years).

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  • 1st quartile
    ($58,688–$50,869)
  • 2nd quartile
    ($50,790–$43,394)
  • 3rd quartile
    ($43,313–$39,965)
  • 4th quartile
    ($39,456–$34,040)

Quartiles

Public school teacher salaries: 2005
 
1st Quartile
($58,688–$50,869)
2nd Quartile
($50,790–$43,394)
3rd Quartile
($43,319–$39,965)
4th Quartile
($39,456–$34,040)
 
Alaska Colorado Arizona Alabama
California Georgia Arkansas Kansas
Connecticut Hawaii Florida Louisiana
Delaware Indiana Idaho Mississippi
District of Columbia Minnesota Iowa Missouri
Illinois Nevada Kentucky Montana
Maryland New Hampshire Maine Nebraska
Massachusetts Ohio North Carolina New Mexico
Michigan Oregon South Carolina North Dakota
New Jersey Vermont Tennessee Oklahoma
New York Virginia Texas South Dakota
Pennsylvania Washington Utah West Virginia
Rhode Island Wisconsin Wyoming  
 
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics (various years). See Data Table.

Findings

  • During the 2004–05 academic year, salaries for public school teachers nationwide averaged $47,750, ranging from a state high of $58,688 to a low of $34,040.
  • Over the past decade, average teacher salaries across the nation rose by 30% in terms of current dollars. Average teacher salaries remained essentially flat when expressed in constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index.
  • California and Illinois moved into the upper ranks of teacher salaries with increases of more than 40% between 1995 and 2005.
  • High salaries for public school teachers do not necessarily correspond to high student achievement scores on the NAEP mathematics and science tests.

Description

This indicator measures the income public school teachers receive for their work. The average salary represents the average base salary of all full-time public school teachers. Figures are given in current dollars. The year is the latter date of the academic year. The average includes both recent college graduates and seasoned veterans. Their educational credentials may encompass provisional certification through bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees.

Public school teacher salaries may reflect a range of factors, including the value placed on primary and secondary education, a state's cost of living, the experience and educational attainment of the teachers, and the local supply and demand in the job market. Relatively low teacher salaries may hinder recruitment into the teaching profession.

Data Table

Table 8-9
Public school teacher salaries, by state: 1995, 2000, and 2005
(Dollars)
 
State 1995 2000 2005
 
United States 36,685 41,807 47,750
Alabama 31,144 36,689 38,863
Alaska 47,951 46,462 52,424
Arizona 32,574 36,902 42,905
Arkansas 28,934 33,386 40,495
California 41,078 47,680 57,876
Colorado 34,571 38,163 44,161
Connecticut 50,045 51,780 58,688
Delaware 39,076 44,435 50,869
District of Columbia 43,700 47,076 58,456
Florida 32,588 36,722 41,081
Georgia 32,291 41,023 46,526
Hawaii 38,518 40,578 44,273
Idaho 29,783 35,547 42,122
Illinois 39,431 46,486 55,629
Indiana 36,785 41,850 46,851
Iowa 31,511 35,678 40,347
Kansas 34,652 34,981 39,190
Kentucky 32,257 36,380 41,002
Louisiana 26,461 33,109 38,880
Maine 31,972 35,561 40,940
Maryland 40,661 44,048 52,331
Massachusetts 40,718 46,580 54,596
Michigan 41,895 49,044 55,693
Minnesota 35,948 39,802 46,906
Mississippi 26,818 31,857 36,590
Missouri 31,189 35,656 38,971
Montana 28,785 32,121 38,485
Nebraska 30,922 33,237 39,456
Nevada 34,836 39,390 43,394
New Hampshire 34,720 37,734 43,941
New Jersey 47,038 52,015 56,600
New Mexico 28,493 32,554 39,328
New York 47,612 51,020 56,200
North Carolina 30,793 39,404 43,313
North Dakota 26,327 29,863 36,449
Ohio 36,802 41,436 48,692
Oklahoma 28,172 31,298 37,141
Oregon 38,555 42,336 50,790
Pennsylvania 44,510 48,321 52,700
Rhode Island 40,729 47,041 53,473
South Carolina 30,279 36,081 42,207
South Dakota 25,994 29,071 34,040
Tennessee 32,477 36,328 41,527
Texas 31,223 37,567 41,009
Utah 29,082 34,946 39,965
Vermont 35,406 37,758 44,535
Virginia 33,987 38,744 44,763
Washington 36,151 41,043 45,712
West Virginia 31,944 35,009 38,360
Wisconsin 37,746 41,153 43,466
Wyoming 31,285 34,127 40,392
       
Puerto Rico NA NA NA
 

NA = not available

NOTES: National average for United States is reported value in Digest of Education Statistics. Average salaries reported in current dollars.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics (various years).

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