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Table 13.  Retirement and pension status among 2004–05 public school teacher leavers, by selected teacher and school characteristics in the 2003–04 base year

Teacher or school charac-
teristic in base year 
Percent of leavers who considered themselves retired from the position of a K–12 teacher   Percent of leavers who were collecting a pension   Among leavers who considered themselves retired, percent who were collecting a pension   Among leavers who did not consider themselves retired, percent who were collecting a pension   Among those who considered themselves retired, percent who received an early retirement incentive to leave the position of a K–12 teacher   Among those who considered themselves retired and received an early retirement incentive, percent who would have remained in teaching had they not received the incentive  
Total1  39.2   34.2   83.4   2.6   22.8   56.9  
                         
Teaching experience                         
1–3 years  9.5   3.1 ! 9.0 ! 2.5 ! 3.5 ! #  
4–9 years  9.5   3.6   25.8   1.3 ! #   #  
10–19 years  25.4   15.1   54.9   1.6 ! 15.8   51.2  
20 years or more  76.0   74.3   95.6   7.0 ! 26.6   57.8  
                         
Age                         
Less than 30 years  6.4   2.0 ! 1.0 ! 2.1 ! #   #  
30–39 years  9.1   1.2 ! #   1.3 ! 3.2 ! #  
40–49 years  11.3   4.3   23.5   1.8 ! 1.0 ! 41.5 !
50 or more years  77.4   74.3   94.0   6.7 ! 25.9   57.3  
                         
Base salary                         
Less than $30,000  23.7   16.0   64.2   1.0 ! 15.8   72.8  
$30,000–$39,999  19.1   12.6   55.1   2.6 ! 14.5   29.1  
$40,000 or more  54.4   51.0   91.1   3.2 ! 25.3   58.8  
                         
Sex                         
Male  50.0   43.0   82.6   3.4   29.4   62.6  
Female  36.0   31.6   83.6   2.4 ! 20.2   53.6  
                         
Race/ethnicity                         
White, non-Hispanic  39.1   33.6   82.7   2.1   26.1   57.5  
Black, non-Hispanic  47.5   43.2   90.8   #   6.3 ! 48.9  
Hispanic, single or
  more than one race 
23.6   18.7   79.4   #   5.3 ! 92.6  
Asian, Native Hawaiian,
  or Other Pacific
  Islander, non-Hispanic 
40.1   58.6   81.9   42.9 ! 20.2 ! 28.7 !
American Indian/Alaska
  Native, non-Hispanic 
40.1   35.2   87.7   #   12.4 ! 55.6 !
More than one race,
  non-Hispanic 
32.3 ! 15.5 ! 48.1 ! #   #   #  
                         
Teaching status                         
Full time  41.3   36.1   84.3   2.2   21.7   58.4  
Part time  29.6   25.6   77.4   3.8 ! 30.1   50.6  
                         
Community type                         
Central city  35.7   32.5   81.9   5.1 ! 17.3   49.6  
Urban fringe/large town  38.6   32.8   83.0   1.1 ! 27.3   61.8  
Rural/small town  46.8   41.3   86.1   1.9 ! 19.6   49.4  
                         
School level                         
Elementary  33.5   29.9   84.5   2.4 ! 23.2   59.7  
Secondary  51.6   43.4   81.2   3.0   23.6   53.9  
Combined  34.8   32.6   91.1   1.4 ! 8.9   37.8 !
                         
School enrollment                         
Less than 200  36.4   31.5   84.6   1.1 ! 28.0   30.4 !
200–499  35.1   32.0   87.1   2.2 ! 26.7   48.6  
500–749  37.4   35.2   86.7   4.4 ! 21.2   74.1  
750 or more  44.2   36.0   78.9   2.0   20.3   60.4  
                         
Percent of K–12 students
 who were approved for
 free or reduced-price
 lunches 
                       
Less than 15  41.5   38.1   86.0   4.1 ! 31.6   65.7  
15–49  42.4   36.2   83.3   1.5 ! 26.1   59.5  
50 or more  34.4   30.9   83.6   3.2 ! 12.9   49.5  
School did not parti-
 cipate in free or
 reduced-price lunch
 program 
33.3   20.6   61.9   #   11.4 ! 19.3 !
                         
Percent of K–12 students
 who were minorities 
                       
Less than 10  38.9   33.7   84.1   1.7 ! 30.9   55.7  
10–34  51.5   45.5   83.4   5.2 ! 27.3   58.1  
35 or more  34.5   30.0   82.9   2.2 ! 15.4   57.3  
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 50 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 Free or reduced price lunch program data are collected at the school level and placed on the teacher file. In cases where the sampled school did not respond, data were imputed from the Common Core of Data (CCD). In some cases, CCD data were not available for the school's free or reduced price lunch program participation. A very small number of teachers from these schools are missing data for this variable.
NOTE: Leavers are teachers who left the teaching profession after the base year (2003–04).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Teacher Data File," 2003–04; Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS), "Former Teacher Data File," 2004–05.


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