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Table 66. Selected characteristics of public school teachers: Selected years, spring 1961 through spring 2001
Selected characteristic 1961 1966 1971 1976 1981 1986 1991 1996 2001
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Number of teachers (in thousands) 1,408   1,710 2,055 2,196 2,185 2,206 2,398 2,164 2,979
Sex (percent)                    
Male 31.3   31.1 34.3 32.9 33.1 31.2 27.9 25.6 21.0
Female 68.7   68.9 65.7 67.1 66.9 68.8 72.1 74.4 79.0
                     
Median age (years)                    
All teachers 41   36 35 33 37 41 42 44 46
Males 34   33 33 33 38 42 43 46 47
Females 46   40 37 33 36 41 42 44 45
                     
Marital status (percent)                    
Single 22.3   22.0 19.5 20.1 18.5 12.9 11.7 12.4 15.2
Married 68.0   69.1 71.9 71.3 73.0 75.7 75.7 75.9 73.1
Widowed, divorced, or separated 9.7   9.0 8.6 8.6 8.5 11.4 12.6 11.8 11.7
                     
Highest degree held (percent)                    
Less than bachelor's 14.6   7.0 2.9 0.9 0.4 0.3 0.6 0.3 0.2
Bachelor's 61.9   69.6 69.6 61.6 50.1 48.3 46.3 43.6 43.1
Master's or specialist degree1  23.1   23.2 27.1 37.1 49.3 50.7 52.6 54.5 56.0
Doctor's 0.4   0.1 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.7 0.5 1.7 0.8
                     
College credits earned in last 3 years                    
Percent who earned credits   60.7 63.2 56.1 53.1 50.3 50.2 46.3
Mean number of credits earned2    14 9 4 4
                     
Median years of teaching experience 11   8 8 8 12 15 15 15 14
                     
Teaching for first year (percent) 8.0   9.1 9.1 5.5 2.4 3.1 3.0 2.1 3.1
                     
Average number of pupils per class                    
Elementary teachers, not departmentalized 29   28 27 25 25 24 23 24 21
Secondary and departmentalized elementary teachers 27   27 27 25 23 26 26 31 28
                     
Mean number of students taught per day by
  secondary and departmentalized elementary teachers
  132 135 127 118 97 93 97 86
Average number of hours in required school day 7.4   7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.2 7.3 7.4
                     
Average number of hours per week spent on all teaching duties                    
All teachers 47   47 47 46 46 49 47 49 50
Elementary teachers 49   47 46 44 44 47 44 47 49
Secondary teachers 46   48 48 48 48 51 50 52 52
                     
Average number of days of classroom teaching in school year   181 181 180 180 180 180 180 181
                     
Average number of nonteaching days in school year   5 4 5 6 5 5 6 7
                     
Average annual salary as classroom teacher (current dollars) $5,264 3  $6,253 $9,261 $12,005 $17,209 $24,504 $31,790 $35,549 $43,262
                     
Total income, including spouse's (if married) (current dollars)   15,021 19,957 29,831 43,413 55,491 63,171 77,739
                     
Willingness to teach again (percent)                    
Certainly would 49.9   52.6 44.9 37.5 21.8 22.7 28.6 32.1 31.7
Probably would 26.9   25.4 29.5 26.1 24.6 26.3 30.5 30.5 28.7
Chances about even 12.5   12.9 13.0 17.5 17.6 19.8 18.5 17.3 18.4
Probably would not 7.9   7.1 8.9 13.4 24.0 22.0 17.0 15.8 15.7
Certainly would not 2.8   2.0 3.7 5.6 12.0 9.3 5.4 4.3 5.6
— Not available.
1 Figures for curriculum specialist or professional diploma based on 6 years of college study are not included.
2 Measured in semester hours.
3 Includes extra pay for extra duties.
NOTE: Data are based on sample surveys of public school teachers. See Guide to Sources for information on interpreting data from this survey. Data differ from figures appearing in other tables because of varying survey processing procedures and time period coverages. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: National Education Association, Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2000–01. (This table was prepared August 2003.)

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