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Status of Education in Rural America
NCES 2007-040
June 2007

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Table 3.10.

Average base salary for full-time teachers in public elementary and secondary schools adjusted for geographic cost differences, by highest degree earned and locale: 200304

Locale All teachers1 Bachelor's degree Master's degree Education specialist2 Doctor's degree
Total $44,400 $39,200 $49,400 $52,900 $53,700
City 44,000 39,200 48,200 52,000 52,700
Suburban 45,700 39,800 50,600 55,100 55,600
Town 45,900 41,600 51,200 52,200 45,600
Rural 43,000 38,800 48,400 50,200 51,400
1 Includes teachers with levels of education below the bachelor's degree (not shown separately) and some teachers not assigned to a locale.
2 Includes certificate of advanced graduate studies.
NOTE: NCES's Comparable Wage Index (CWI) was used to adjust for geographic cost differences. For more details on the CWI, see A Comparable Wage Approach to Geographic Cost Adjustment (NCES 2006-321).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, "Teacher Questionnaire," 200304.
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