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Table 83. Estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools: Selected years, 1959-60 through 2010-11
School year Current dollars Average public school teachers' salary in
constant 2009-10 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 $36,844 $35,516 $38,917
1961-62 5,515 5,340 5,775 5,063 1.09 39,766 38,504 41,641
1963-64 5,995 5,805 6,266 5,478 1.09 42,128 40,793 44,033
1965-66 6,485 6,279 6,761 5,934 1.09 44,049 42,650 45,924
1967-68 7,423 7,208 7,692 6,533 1.14 47,307 45,937 49,022
                 
1969-70 8,626 8,412 8,891 7,486 1.15 49,492 48,264 51,012
1970-71 9,268 9,021 9,568 7,998 1.16 50,565 49,218 52,202
1971-72 9,705 9,424 10,031 8,521 1.14 51,116 49,636 52,833
1972-73 10,174 9,893 10,507 9,056 1.12 51,511 50,088 53,196
1973-74 10,770 10,507 11,077 9,667 1.11 50,064 48,842 51,491
                 
1974-75 11,641 11,334 12,000 10,411 1.12 48,714 47,430 50,217
1975-76 12,600 12,280 12,937 11,194 1.13 49,242 47,991 50,559
1976-77 13,354 12,989 13,776 11,971 1.12 49,313 47,965 50,871
1977-78 14,198 13,845 14,602 12,811 1.11 49,131 47,909 50,529
1978-79 15,032 14,681 15,450 13,807 1.09 47,561 46,451 48,884
                 
1979-80 15,970 15,569 16,459 15,050 1.06 44,585 43,465 45,950
1980-81 17,644 17,230 18,142 16,461 1.07 44,145 43,109 45,391
1981-82 19,274 18,853 19,805 17,795 1.08 44,389 43,419 45,612
1982-83 20,695 20,227 21,291 18,873 1.10 45,699 44,665 47,015
1983-84 21,935 21,487 22,554 19,781 1.11 46,708 45,754 48,026
                 
1984-85 23,600 23,200 24,187 20,694 1.14 48,361 47,541 49,563
1985-86 25,199 24,718 25,846 21,685 1.16 50,190 49,232 51,478
1986-87 26,569 26,057 27,244 22,700 1.17 51,769 50,771 53,084
1987-88 28,034 27,519 28,798 23,777 1.18 52,450 51,487 53,880
1988-89 29,564 29,022 30,218 24,752 1.19 52,871 51,902 54,041
                 
1989-90 31,367 30,832 32,049 25,762 1.22 53,541 52,627 54,705
1990-91 33,084 32,490 33,896 26,935 1.23 53,544 52,583 54,858
1991-92 34,063 33,479 34,827 28,169 1.21 53,417 52,501 54,615
1992-93 35,029 34,350 35,880 29,245 1.20 53,268 52,235 54,562
1993-94 35,737 35,233 36,566 30,030 1.19 52,972 52,225 54,201
                 
1994-95. 36,675 36,088 37,523 30,857 1.19 52,848 52,002 54,070
1995-96. 37,642 37,138 38,397 31,822 1.18 52,805 52,098 53,864
1996-97. 38,443 38,039 39,184 33,058 1.16 52,433 51,882 53,443
1997-98 39,350 39,002 39,944 34,635 1.14 52,729 52,263 53,525
1998-99 40,544 40,165 41,203 36,306 1.12 53,405 52,905 54,273
                 
1999-2000 41,807 41,306 42,546 38,176 1.10 53,523 52,882 54,469
2000-01 43,378 42,910 44,053 39,722 1.09 53,695 53,116 54,530
2001-02 44,655 44,177 45,310 40,579 1.10 54,314 53,733 55,111
2002-03 45,686 45,408 46,106 41,704 1.10 54,373 54,042 54,873
2003-04 46,542 46,187 46,976 43,301 1.07 54,206 53,792 54,711
                 
2004-05 47,516 47,122 47,688 44,941 1.06 53,724 53,278 53,918
2005-06 49,086 48,573 49,496 46,755 1.05 53,463 52,904 53,909
2006-07 51,052 50,740 51,529 48,867 1.04 54,202 53,871 54,709
2007-08 52,800 52,385 53,262 50,670 1.04 54,055 53,630 54,528
2008-09 54,319 53,998 54,552 51,640 1.05 54,845 54,521 55,080
                 
2009-10 55,202 54,918 55,595 52,651 1.05 55,202 54,918 55,595
2010-11 56,069 55,864 56,350 54,965 54,764 55,241
—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 2010-11; and unpublished tabulations. U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Income and Product Accounts, tables 6.6B-D, retrieved November 2, 2011, from http://www.bea.gov/national/nipaweb/SelectTable.asp. (This table was prepared May 2011.)
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