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Table 2. Average and median age of public school teachers and percentage distribution of teachers, by age category, sex, and state: 2011–12


          Age category   Sex  
State Average age of teachers   Median age of teachers   Less than 30 years   30–49 years   50–54 years   55 years or more   Male   Female  
United States 42.4   41.0   15.3   54.0   11.9   18.8   23.7   76.3  
                                 
Alabama 41.9   40.6   15.6   56.1   11.5   16.7   16.6   83.4  
Alaska 43.2   42.8   15.7   50.3   12.4 ! 21.7   26.5   73.5  
Arizona 41.8   39.9   19.5   49.1   11.3   20.1   21.1   78.9  
Arkansas 42.7   41.7   17.9   47.2   15.3   19.6   22.0   78.0  
California 44.5   43.1   9.1   54.5   12.6   23.7   27.4   72.6  
                                 
Colorado 41.1   39.4   15.5   59.8   9.1   15.7   23.7   76.3  
Connecticut 43.4   41.5   13.7   52.5   10.7   23.1   22.1   77.9  
Delaware 40.3   39.6   22.5   53.3   11.4   12.8   24.4   75.6  
District of Columbia                
Florida                
                                 
Georgia 42.1   40.6   11.5   60.9   11.5   16.1   23.3   76.7  
Hawaii                
Idaho 43.8   42.6   14.4   48.0   14.1   23.5   25.4   74.6  
Illinois 40.8   38.7   19.0   53.8   10.4   16.9   26.2   73.8  
Indiana 42.6   40.8   17.8   46.7   12.2   23.4   22.8   77.2  
                                 
Iowa 42.0   41.1   15.2   53.4   13.9   17.5   25.9   74.1  
Kansas 41.6   40.3   21.3   48.9   10.5   19.3   23.3   76.7  
Kentucky 41.0   39.2   16.2   60.3   9.3   14.2   22.2   77.8  
Louisiana 42.4   41.3   15.4   54.3   10.1   20.2   19.3   80.7  
Maine 45.7   45.7   10.8   47.5   14.6   27.1   24.6   75.4  
                                 
Maryland                
Massachusetts 42.4   40.8   17.5   50.7   9.5   22.2   22.8   77.2  
Michigan 41.8   40.2   12.6   61.6   12.5   13.3   26.5   73.5  
Minnesota 42.5   41.3   14.7   54.8   11.9   18.5   29.6   70.4  
Mississippi 41.0   38.9   19.8   52.5   8.4   19.3   15.5   84.5  
                                 
Missouri 40.0   37.9   21.1   55.8   10.1   13.0   21.9   78.1  
Montana 43.9   42.8   12.9   50.6   13.0   23.5   25.6   74.4  
Nebraska 42.1   41.6   17.7   51.7   16.2   14.4   23.8   76.2  
Nevada 43.2   41.8   10.8 ! 57.4   15.9   15.9   28.5   71.5  
New Hampshire 45.7   46.0   13.5   45.7   12.9   27.9   24.4   75.6  
                                 
New Jersey 41.7   40.1   17.7   51.8   13.2   17.3   21.8   78.2  
New Mexico 45.6   45.3   5.6 ! 53.9   16.3   24.2   20.8   79.2  
New York 42.5   41.2   14.4   56.8   11.9   16.9   23.3   76.7  
North Carolina 41.7   40.3   19.3   52.2   11.4   17.0   21.1   78.9  
North Dakota 43.4   43.4   18.6   44.7   12.6   24.1   27.3   72.7  
                                 
Ohio 42.0   40.7   14.9   56.4   9.9   18.9   26.5   73.5  
Oklahoma 43.0   40.9   13.6   53.7   11.6   21.2   22.0   78.0  
Oregon 43.5   41.8   10.3   56.4   13.1   20.3   27.5   72.5  
Pennsylvania 41.3   40.1   16.3   57.7   10.8   15.3   28.5   71.5  
Rhode Island                
                                 
South Carolina 42.2   40.7   16.8   52.3   12.1   18.8   17.5   82.5  
South Dakota 43.1   41.8   16.3   49.7   12.8   21.3   23.0   77.0  
Tennessee 42.2   40.1   17.7   49.1   15.0   18.3   20.6   79.4  
Texas 42.3   40.9   15.0   55.1   11.2   18.8   22.4   77.6  
Utah 42.0   41.5   24.5   41.0   16.0   18.6   25.4   74.6  
                                 
Vermont 46.3   46.9   10.7   44.6   16.1   28.6   23.7   76.3  
Virginia 43.6   43.2   13.8   50.4   15.0   20.8   21.0   79.0  
Washington 45.1   44.1   9.7   50.8   13.5   26.0   27.5   72.5  
West Virginia 43.5   43.8   16.1   46.1   15.2   22.6   25.4   74.6  
Wisconsin 41.6   41.3   17.6   55.5   13.8   13.1   23.5   76.5  
Wyoming 44.7   43.2   11.4   50.7   12.6   25.3   31.1   68.9  
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 percent and 50 percent (i.e., the standard error is at least 30 percent and less than 50 percent of the estimate).
‡ Reporting standards not met. The response rate is below 50 percent.
NOTE: Teachers include both full-time and part-time teachers. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Teacher Data File," 2011–12.


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