Digest of Education Statistics
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Table 211.50. Estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools: Selected years, 1959-60 through 2012-13
School year Current dollars Average public school teachers' salary
in constant 2012-13 dollars2
Average public school teachers' salary Wage and salary accruals per full-time-equivalent (FTE) employee1 Ratio of average teachers' salary to accruals per FTE employee
All teachers Elementary teachers Secondary teachers All teachers Elementary teachers Secondary teachers
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1959-60 $4,995 $4,815 $5,276 $4,749 1.05 $39,329 $37,912 $41,542
1961-62 5,515 5,340 5,775 5,063 1.09 42,448 41,101 44,449
1963-64 5,995 5,805 6,266 5,478 1.09 44,970 43,545 47,003
1965-66 6,485 6,279 6,761 5,934 1.09 47,020 45,527 49,021
1967-68 7,423 7,208 7,692 6,533 1.14 50,498 49,035 52,328
                 
1969-70 8,626 8,412 8,891 7,486 1.15 52,830 51,519 54,453
1970-71 9,268 9,021 9,568 7,998 1.16 53,975 52,537 55,723
1971-72 9,705 9,424 10,031 8,521 1.14 54,563 52,983 56,396
1972-73 10,174 9,893 10,507 9,056 1.12 54,985 53,466 56,784
1973-74 10,770 10,507 11,077 9,667 1.11 53,441 52,136 54,964
                 
1974-75 11,641 11,334 12,000 10,411 1.12 52,000 50,628 53,603
1975-76 12,600 12,280 12,937 11,194 1.13 52,563 51,228 53,969
1976-77 13,354 12,989 13,776 11,971 1.12 52,639 51,200 54,302
1977-78 14,198 13,845 14,602 12,811 1.11 52,444 51,140 53,937
1978-79 15,032 14,681 15,450 13,807 1.09 50,769 49,584 52,181
                 
1979-80 15,970 15,569 16,459 15,050 1.06 47,592 46,397 49,049
1980-81 17,644 17,230 18,142 16,461 1.07 47,122 46,017 48,452
1981-82 19,274 18,853 19,805 17,795 1.08 47,383 46,348 48,688
1982-83 20,695 20,227 21,291 18,873 1.10 48,781 47,678 50,186
1983-84 21,935 21,487 22,554 19,781 1.11 49,858 48,840 51,265
                 
1984-85 23,600 23,200 24,187 20,694 1.14 51,622 50,747 52,906
1985-86 25,199 24,718 25,846 21,685 1.16 53,575 52,552 54,950
1986-87 26,569 26,057 27,244 22,700 1.17 55,261 54,196 56,665
1987-88 28,034 27,519 28,798 23,777 1.18 55,988 54,959 57,514
1988-89 29,564 29,022 30,218 24,752 1.19 56,437 55,402 57,685
                 
1989-90 31,367 30,832 32,049 25,762 1.22 57,152 56,177 58,394
1990-91 33,084 32,490 33,896 26,935 1.23 57,155 56,129 58,558
1991-92 34,063 33,479 34,827 28,169 1.21 57,020 56,042 58,298
1992-93 35,029 34,350 35,880 29,245 1.20 56,860 55,758 58,242
1993-94 35,737 35,233 36,566 30,030 1.19 56,545 55,748 57,857
                 
1994-95 36,675 36,088 37,523 30,857 1.19 56,412 55,509 57,717
1995-96 37,642 37,138 38,397 31,822 1.18 56,366 55,611 57,497
1996-97 38,443 38,039 39,184 33,058 1.16 55,969 55,381 57,048
1997-98 39,350 39,002 39,944 34,635 1.14 56,285 55,788 57,135
1998-99 40,544 40,165 41,203 36,306 1.12 57,006 56,474 57,933
                 
1999-2000 41,807 41,306 42,546 38,176 1.10 57,133 56,448 58,143
2000-01 43,378 42,910 44,053 39,722 1.09 57,316 56,698 58,208
2001-02 44,655 44,177 45,310 40,579 1.10 57,977 57,356 58,827
2002-03 45,686 45,408 46,106 41,704 1.10 58,040 57,687 58,574
2003-04 46,542 46,187 46,976 43,301 1.07 57,862 57,420 58,401
                 
2004-05 47,516 47,122 47,688 44,941 1.06 57,347 56,871 57,554
2005-06 49,086 48,573 49,496 46,755 1.05 57,068 56,472 57,545
2006-07 51,052 50,740 51,529 48,867 1.04 57,858 57,504 58,399
2007-08 52,800 52,385 53,262 50,670 1.04 57,701 57,247 58,206
2008-09 54,319 53,998 54,552 51,608 1.05 58,544 58,198 58,795
                 
2009-10 55,202 54,918 55,595 52,533 1.05 58,925 58,622 59,344
2010-11 55,623 55,217 56,225 53,974 1.03 58,206 57,781 58,836
2011-12 55,418 54,704 56,226 56,340 55,614 57,162
2012-13 56,383 55,747 57,243 56,383 55,747 57,243
—Not available.
1 The average monetary remuneration earned by FTE employees across all industries in a given year, including wages, salaries, commissions, tips, bonuses, voluntary employee contributions to certain deferred compensation plans, and receipts in kind that represent income. Calendar-year data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, have been converted to a school-year basis by averaging the two appropriate calendar years in each case.
2 Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index, prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, adjusted to a school-year basis.
NOTE: Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Standard errors are not available for these estimates, which are based on state reports.
SOURCE: National Education Association,Estimates of School Statistics, 1959-60 through 2012-13; and unpublished tabulations. U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Income and Product Accounts, tables 6.6B-D, retrieved November 2, 2011, from http://www.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?ReqID=9&step=1#reqid=9&step=1&isuri=1. (This table was prepared April 2013.)

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