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Chapter 8. State Indicators

Elementary and Secondary Education

Public school teacher salaries



Findings

  • In 2010, salaries for public school teachers nationwide averaged $52,418, ranging from a state low of $35,136 to a high of $71,470.
  • Twenty states and the District of Columbia had average public school teacher salaries higher than the national average in 2010 compared to 22 states plus DC in 2000.
  • Between 2000 and 2010, average teacher salaries across the nation rose by 33% in terms of current dollars. Average teacher salaries increased by 5% when expressed in constant dollars.
  • States with high salaries for public school teachers do not necessarily have high student achievement scores on the NAEP mathematics and science tests.


Description

This indicator represents the average salary of all full-time public school teachers. The year is the end date of the academic year. For example, 2010 data represent salaries for the 2009–2010 academic year. The figures (given in current dollars) include salaries for teachers with varying amounts of teaching experience and various types and levels of formal education.

Salary estimates for public elementary and secondary teachers are provided by National Education Association, Estimates of School Statistics, 1969–70 through 2009–10.

Public school teacher salaries may reflect a range of factors, including the value that the state places on primary and secondary education, the state's cost of living, the teachers' experience and education level, 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: 2000, 2005, and 2010
(Dollars)
 
State 2000 2005 2010
 
United States 39,354 45,089 52,418
Alabama 36,689 38,186 47,156
Alaska 46,462 52,424 59,729
Arizona 36,902 42,905 46,952
Arkansas 33,386 40,495 49,051
California 47,680 57,876 70,458
Colorado 38,163 43,949 49,505
Connecticut 51,780 57,737 64,350
Delaware 44,435 50,595 57,080
District of Columbia 47,076 58,456 64,548
Florida 36,722 41,590 46,912
Georgia 41,023 46,526 54,274
Hawaii 40,578 46,149 58,168
Idaho 35,547 42,122 46,283
Illinois 46,486 55,421 62,077
Indiana 41,850 46,583 49,986
Iowa 35,678 39,284 50,547
Kansas 34,981 39,345 46,957
Kentucky 36,380 40,522 48,354
Louisiana 33,109 39,022 50,349
Maine 35,561 39,610 46,106
Maryland 44,048 52,331 65,333
Massachusetts 46,580 54,679 68,000
Michigan 49,044 56,973 57,958
Minnesota 39,802 46,906 53,069
Mississippi 31,857 36,590 45,644
Missouri 35,656 39,067 45,317
Montana 32,121 38,485 45,759
Nebraska 33,237 39,456 46,080
Nevada 39,390 43,394 51,524
New Hampshire 37,734 43,941 51,365
New Jersey 52,015 56,682 64,809
New Mexico 32,554 39,391 46,401
New York 51,020 56,200 71,470
North Carolina 39,404 43,348 48,648
North Dakota 29,863 36,695 42,964
Ohio 41,436 48,692 55,931
Oklahoma 31,298 37,879 44,143
Oregon 42,336 48,330 55,224
Pennsylvania 48,321 53,258 58,124
Rhode Island 47,041 53,473 59,636
South Carolina 36,081 42,189 48,417
South Dakota 29,071 34,040 35,136
Tennessee 36,328 42,076 46,290
Texas 37,567 41,011 47,157
Utah 34,946 39,456 43,068
Vermont 37,758 44,535 49,053
Virginia 38,744 42,768 49,999
Washington 41,043 45,718 53,653
West Virginia 35,009 38,360 45,959
Wisconsin 41,153 44,299 52,644
Wyoming 34,127 40,497 55,694
       
Puerto Rico NA NA NA
 

NA = not available

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

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

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012

Source Data

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