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Table 90. Estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools: Selected years, 1959-60 through 2011-12
School year Current dollars Average public school teachers' salary in
constant 2011-12 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 $38,685 $37,291 $40,861
1961-62 5,515 5,340 5,775 5,063 1.09 41,753 40,428 43,722
1963-64 5,995 5,805 6,266 5,478 1.09 44,234 42,832 46,233
1965-66 6,485 6,279 6,761 5,934 1.09 46,250 44,781 48,219
1967-68 7,423 7,208 7,692 6,533 1.14 49,671 48,232 51,471
                 
1969-70 8,626 8,412 8,891 7,486 1.15 51,965 50,676 53,561
1970-71 9,268 9,021 9,568 7,998 1.16 53,092 51,677 54,810
1971-72 9,705 9,424 10,031 8,521 1.14 53,670 52,116 55,473
1972-73 10,174 9,893 10,507 9,056 1.12 54,084 52,591 55,855
1973-74 10,770 10,507 11,077 9,667 1.11 52,566 51,282 54,064
                 
1974-75 11,641 11,334 12,000 10,411 1.12 51,148 49,800 52,726
1975-76 12,600 12,280 12,937 11,194 1.13 51,702 50,389 53,085
1976-77 13,354 12,989 13,776 11,971 1.12 51,777 50,362 53,413
1977-78 14,198 13,845 14,602 12,811 1.11 51,586 50,303 53,054
1978-79 15,032 14,681 15,450 13,807 1.09 49,938 48,772 51,327
                 
1979-80 15,970 15,569 16,459 15,050 1.06 46,813 45,637 48,246
1980-81 17,644 17,230 18,142 16,461 1.07 46,351 45,263 47,659
1981-82 19,274 18,853 19,805 17,795 1.08 46,607 45,589 47,891
1982-83 20,695 20,227 21,291 18,873 1.10 47,982 46,897 49,364
1983-84 21,935 21,487 22,554 19,781 1.11 49,042 48,040 50,426
                 
1984-85 23,600 23,200 24,187 20,694 1.14 50,777 49,916 52,040
1985-86 25,199 24,718 25,846 21,685 1.16 52,698 51,692 54,051
1986-87 26,569 26,057 27,244 22,700 1.17 54,356 53,308 55,737
1987-88 28,034 27,519 28,798 23,777 1.18 55,071 54,059 56,572
1988-89 29,564 29,022 30,218 24,752 1.19 55,513 54,495 56,741
                 
1989-90 31,367 30,832 32,049 25,762 1.22 56,216 55,257 57,438
1990-91 33,084 32,490 33,896 26,935 1.23 56,220 55,210 57,599
1991-92 34,063 33,479 34,827 28,169 1.21 56,086 55,124 57,344
1992-93 35,029 34,350 35,880 29,245 1.20 55,930 54,845 57,288
1993-94 35,737 35,233 36,566 30,030 1.19 55,619 54,835 56,909
                 
1994-95. 36,675 36,088 37,523 30,857 1.19 55,489 54,601 56,772
1995-96. 37,642 37,138 38,397 31,822 1.18 55,443 54,701 56,555
1996-97. 38,443 38,039 39,184 33,058 1.16 55,052 54,474 56,114
1997-98 39,350 39,002 39,944 34,635 1.14 55,364 54,874 56,200
1998-99 40,544 40,165 41,203 36,306 1.12 56,073 55,549 56,985
                 
1999-2000 41,807 41,306 42,546 38,176 1.10 56,198 55,524 57,191
2000-01 43,378 42,910 44,053 39,722 1.09 56,378 55,770 57,255
2001-02 44,655 44,177 45,310 40,579 1.10 57,028 56,417 57,864
2002-03 45,686 45,408 46,106 41,704 1.10 57,090 56,742 57,615
2003-04 46,542 46,187 46,976 43,301 1.07 56,914 56,480 57,445
                 
2004-05 47,516 47,122 47,688 44,941 1.06 56,408 55,940 56,612
2005-06 49,086 48,573 49,496 46,755 1.05 56,134 55,547 56,603
2006-07 51,052 50,740 51,529 48,867 1.04 56,911 56,563 57,442
2007-08 52,800 52,385 53,262 50,670 1.04 56,756 56,310 57,253
2008-09 54,319 53,998 54,552 51,608 1.05 57,585 57,245 57,832
                 
2009-10 55,202 54,918 55,595 52,533 1.05 57,960 57,662 58,373
2010-11 55,623 55,217 56,225 53,974 1.03 57,253 56,835 57,872
2011-12 56,643 56,384 57,008 56,643 56,384 57,008
—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 2011-12; 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 2012.)
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