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Table 82. Estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools: Selected years, 1959-60 through 2009-10
School year Current dollars Average public school teachers' salary in
constant 2008-09 dollars2
Average public school teachers' salary Wage and salary accruals per full-time-equivalent (FTE) employee1 Ratio of average teachers' salary to accruals per FTE employee
All teachers Elementary teachers Secondary teachers All teachers Elementary teachers Secondary teachers
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1959-60 $4,995 $4,815 $5,276 $4,749 1.05 $36,491 $35,176 $38,544
1961-62 5,515 5,340 5,775 5,063 1.09 39,385 38,135 41,242
1963-64 5,995 5,805 6,266 5,478 1.09 41,725 40,402 43,611
1965-66 6,485 6,279 6,761 5,934 1.09 43,627 42,241 45,484
1967-68 7,423 7,208 7,692 6,533 1.14 46,854 45,497 48,552
                 
1969-70 8,626 8,412 8,891 7,486 1.15 49,018 47,801 50,523
1970-71 9,268 9,021 9,568 7,998 1.16 50,081 48,746 51,702
1971-72 9,705 9,424 10,031 8,521 1.14 50,626 49,160 52,326
1972-73 10,174 9,893 10,507 9,056 1.12 51,017 49,608 52,687
1973-74 10,770 10,507 11,077 9,667 1.11 49,584 48,373 50,998
                 
1974-75 11,641 11,334 12,000 10,411 1.12 48,247 46,975 49,735
1975-76 12,600 12,280 12,937 11,194 1.13 48,770 47,531 50,074
1976-77 13,354 12,989 13,776 11,971 1.12 48,840 47,505 50,384
1977-78 14,198 13,845 14,602 12,811 1.11 48,660 47,450 50,044
1978-79 15,032 14,681 15,450 13,807 1.09 47,106 46,006 48,416
                 
1979-80 15,970 15,569 16,459 15,050 1.06 44,157 43,049 45,509
1980-81 17,644 17,230 18,142 16,461 1.07 43,722 42,696 44,956
1981-82 19,274 18,853 19,805 17,795 1.08 43,963 43,003 45,175
1982-83 20,695 20,227 21,291 18,873 1.10 45,261 44,237 46,564
1983-84 21,935 21,487 22,554 19,781 1.11 46,260 45,316 47,566
                 
1984-85 23,600 23,200 24,187 20,694 1.14 47,897 47,085 49,088
1985-86 25,199 24,718 25,846 21,685 1.16 49,709 48,760 50,985
1986-87 26,569 26,057 27,244 22,700 1.17 51,273 50,285 52,576
1987-88 28,034 27,519 28,798 23,777 1.18 51,948 50,993 53,363
1988-89 29,564 29,022 30,218 24,752 1.19 52,364 51,404 53,523
                 
1989-90 31,367 30,832 32,049 25,762 1.22 53,028 52,123 54,180
1990-91 33,084 32,490 33,896 26,935 1.23 53,031 52,079 54,332
1991-92 34,063 33,479 34,827 28,169 1.21 52,905 51,998 54,092
1992-93 35,029 34,350 35,880 29,245 1.20 52,757 51,735 54,039
1993-94 35,737 35,233 36,566 30,030 1.19 52,465 51,725 53,682
                 
1994-95 36,675 36,088 37,523 30,857 1.19 52,341 51,504 53,552
1995-96 37,642 37,138 38,397 31,822 1.18 52,299 51,598 53,348
1996-97 38,443 38,039 39,184 33,058 1.16 51,930 51,384 52,931
1997-98 39,350 39,002 39,944 34,635 1.14 52,224 51,762 53,012
1998-99 40,544 40,165 41,203 36,306 1.12 52,893 52,398 53,752
                 
1999-2000 41,807 41,306 42,546 38,176 1.10 53,010 52,375 53,947
2000-01 43,378 42,910 44,053 39,722 1.09 53,180 52,606 54,008
2001-02 44,655 44,177 45,310 40,579 1.10 53,793 53,218 54,582
2002-03 45,686 45,408 46,106 41,704 1.10 53,852 53,524 54,347
2003-04 46,542 46,187 46,976 43,301 1.07 53,686 53,277 54,187
                 
2004-05 47,516 47,122 47,688 44,941 1.06 53,209 52,767 53,401
2005-06 49,086 48,573 49,496 46,755 1.05 52,950 52,397 53,393
2006-07 51,052 50,740 51,529 48,867 1.04 53,683 53,355 54,184
2007-08 52,800 52,385 53,262 50,627 1.04 53,537 53,116 54,006
2008-09 54,319 53,998 54,552 51,595 1.05 54,319 53,998 54,552
2009-10 55,350 55,311 55,032 54,819 54,781 54,505
—Not available.
1 The average monetary remuneration earned by FTE employees across all industries in a given year, including wages, salaries, commissions, tips, bonuses, voluntary employee contributions to certain deferred compensation plans, and receipts in kind that represent income. Calendar-year data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, have been converted to a school-year basis by averaging the two appropriate calendar years in each case.
2 Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index, prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, adjusted to a school-year basis.
NOTE: Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Standard errors are not available for these estimates, which are based on state reports.
SOURCE: National Education Association, Estimates of School Statistics, 1959-60 through 2009-10; and unpublished tabulations. U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Income and Product Accounts, tables 6.6B-D, retrieved April 25, 2010, from http://www.bea.gov/national/nipaweb/SelectTable.asp. (This table was prepared May 2010.)

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