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Table 77. Estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools: Selected years, 1959-60 to 2002-03

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            |                       Current dollars                          |     Constant 2002-03 dollars
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            |    All |Elementary |Secondary | Earnings per |  Ratio of aver- |     All |Elementary | Secondary
School      |teachers|  teachers | teachers |    full-time |   age teachers' |teachers |  teachers |  teachers
year        |        |           |          |     employee |          salary |         |           |
            |        |           |          |      working |     to earnings |         |           |
            |        |           |          |    for wages |   per full-time |         |           |
            |        |           |          | or salary\1\ |        employee |         |           |
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1           |      2 |         3 |        4 |             5|                6|        7|          8|          9
____________|________|___________|__________|______________|_________________|_________|___________|___________
1959-60 ....|  $4,995|     $4,815|    $5,276|        $4,632|             1.08|  $30,959|    $29,844|    $32,701
1961-62 ....|   5,515|      5,340|     5,775|         4,928|             1.12|   33,415|     32,354|     34,990
1963-64 ....|   5,995|      5,805|     6,266|         5,373|             1.12|   35,399|     34,278|     37,000
1965-66 ....|   6,485|      6,279|     6,761|         5,838|             1.11|   37,013|     35,838|     38,589
1967-68 ....|   7,423|      7,208|     7,692|         6,444|             1.15|   39,751|     38,600|     41,192
            |        |           |          |              |                 |         |           |
1969-70 ....|   8,626|      8,412|     8,891|         7,334|             1.18|   41,587|     40,555|     42,864
1970-71 ....|   9,268|      9,021|     9,568|         7,815|             1.19|   42,489|     41,356|     43,864
1971-72 ....|   9,705|      9,424|    10,031|         8,334|             1.16|   42,951|     41,708|     44,394
1972-73 ....|  10,174|      9,893|    10,507|         8,858|             1.15|   43,283|     42,087|     44,700
1973-74 ....|  10,770|     10,507|    11,077|         9,647|             1.12|   42,067|     41,040|     43,267
            |        |           |          |              |                 |         |           |
1974-75 ....|  11,641|     11,334|    12,000|        10,420|             1.12|   40,933|     39,854|     42,196
1975-76 ....|  12,600|     12,280|    12,937|        11,218|             1.12|   41,377|     40,326|     42,483
1976-77 ....|  13,354|     12,989|    13,776|        11,991|             1.11|   41,436|     40,304|     42,746
1977-78 ....|  14,198|     13,845|    14,602|        12,823|             1.11|   41,283|     40,257|     42,458
1978-79 ....|  15,032|     14,681|    15,450|        13,822|             1.09|   39,965|     39,031|     41,076
            |        |           |          |              |                 |         |           |
1979-80 ....|  15,970|     15,569|    16,459|        15,086|             1.06|   37,463|     36,523|     38,611
1980-81 ....|  17,644|     17,230|    18,142|        16,517|             1.07|   37,094|     36,224|     38,141
1981-82 ....|  19,274|     18,853|    19,805|        17,863|             1.08|   37,299|     36,484|     38,326
1982-83 ....|  20,695|     20,227|    21,291|        18,946|             1.09|   38,399|     37,531|     39,505
1983-84 ....|  21,935|     21,487|    22,554|        19,874|             1.10|   39,248|     38,446|     40,355
            |        |           |          |              |                 |         |           |
1984-85 ....|  23,600|     23,200|    24,187|        20,815|             1.13|   40,636|     39,947|     41,647
1985-86 ....|  25,199|     24,718|    25,846|        21,727|             1.16|   42,173|     41,368|     43,256
1986-87 ....|  26,569|     26,057|    27,244|        22,642|             1.17|   43,500|     42,662|     44,605
1987-88 ....|  28,034|     27,519|    28,798|        23,698|             1.18|   44,073|     43,263|     45,274
1988-89 ....|  29,564|     29,022|    30,218|        24,651|             1.20|   44,426|     43,612|     45,409
            |        |           |          |              |                 |         |           |
1989-90 ....|  31,367|     30,832|    32,049|        25,643|             1.22|   44,989|     44,221|     45,967
1990-91 ....|  33,084|     32,490|    33,896|        26,791|             1.23|   44,992|     44,184|     46,096
1991-92 ....|  34,063|     33,479|    34,827|        27,990|             1.22|   44,885|     44,115|     45,892
1992-93 ....|  35,029|     34,350|    35,880|        29,036|             1.21|   44,760|     43,892|     45,847
1993-94 ....|  35,737|     35,233|    36,566|        29,778|             1.20|   44,511|     43,884|     45,544
            |        |           |          |              |                 |         |           |
1994-95.....|  36,675|     36,088|    37,523|        30,568|             1.20|   44,407|     43,696|     45,434
1995-96.....|  37,642|     37,138|    38,397|        31,518|             1.19|   44,370|     43,776|     45,260
1996-97.....|  38,443|     38,039|    39,184|        32,735|             1.17|   44,058|     43,595|     44,907
1997-98 ....|  39,351|     39,008|    39,945|        34,269|             1.15|   44,308|     43,922|     44,977
1998-99 ....|  40,550|     40,097|    41,303|        35,893|             1.13|   44,881|     44,380|     45,715
            |        |           |          |              |                 |         |           |
1999-2000 ..|  41,827|     41,326|    42,571|        37,718|             1.11|   44,996|     44,457|     45,796
2000-01 ....|  43,400|     42,937|    44,028|        39,272|             1.11|   45,141|     44,660|     45,794
2001-02.....|  44,683|     44,308|    45,246|          --- |             --- |   45,667|     45,284|     46,243
2002-03.....|  45,822|     45,658|    46,119|          --- |             --- |   45,822|     45,658|     46,119
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\1\Calendar-year data from the U.S. Department of Commerce have been converted to a school-year basis by averaging the two appropriate calendar years in each case. Beginning in 1992-93, data are wage and salary accruals per full-time-equivalent employee.

NOTE: Constant 2002-03 dollars based on the Consumer Price Index, prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.

SOURCE: National Education Association, Estimates of School Statistics, 1959-60 through 2002-03; and unpublished data; and U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Income and Product Accounts, 1959-60 through 2002-03. (This table was prepared August 2003.)