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Digest of Education Statistics: 2015
Digest of Education Statistics: 2015

NCES 2016-014
December 2016


Table 211.50. Estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools: Selected years, 1959-60 through 2014-15
School year Current dollars Average public school teachers' salary in
constant 2014-15 dollars1
Average public school teachers' salary Wage and salary
accruals per
full-time-
equivalent
(FTE)
employee2
Ratio of
average
teachers'
salary to
accruals per
FTE employee
All
teachers
Elementary
teachers3
Secondary
teachers4
All
teachers
Elementary
teachers3
Secondary
teachers4
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1959-60 $4,995 $4,815 $5,276 $4,749 1.05 $40,234 $38,784 $42,498
1961-62 5,515 5,340 5,775 5,063 1.09 43,425 42,047 45,472
1963-64 5,995 5,805 6,266 5,478 1.09 46,005 44,547 48,084
1965-66 6,485 6,279 6,761 5,934 1.09 48,102 46,574 50,150
1967-68 7,423 7,208 7,692 6,533 1.14 51,660 50,164 53,532
                 
1969-70 8,626 8,412 8,891 7,486 1.15 54,046 52,705 55,706
1970-71 9,268 9,021 9,568 7,998 1.16 55,218 53,746 57,005
1971-72 9,705 9,424 10,031 8,521 1.14 55,819 54,203 57,694
1972-73 10,174 9,893 10,507 9,056 1.12 56,250 54,696 58,091
1973-74 10,770 10,507 11,077 9,667 1.11 54,670 53,335 56,229
                 
1974-75 11,641 11,334 12,000 10,411 1.12 53,196 51,794 54,837
1975-76 12,600 12,280 12,937 11,194 1.13 53,773 52,407 55,211
1976-77 13,354 12,989 13,776 11,971 1.12 53,850 52,378 55,552
1977-78 14,198 13,845 14,602 12,811 1.11 53,651 52,317 55,178
1978-79 15,032 14,681 15,450 13,807 1.09 51,938 50,725 53,382
                 
1979-80 15,970 15,569 16,459 15,050 1.06 48,687 47,465 50,178
1980-81 17,644 17,230 18,142 16,461 1.07 48,207 47,076 49,568
1981-82 19,274 18,853 19,805 17,795 1.08 48,473 47,414 49,809
1982-83 20,695 20,227 21,291 18,873 1.10 49,903 48,775 51,341
1983-84 21,935 21,487 22,554 19,781 1.11 51,006 49,964 52,445
                 
1984-85 23,600 23,200 24,187 20,694 1.14 52,810 51,915 54,124
1985-86 25,199 24,718 25,846 21,685 1.16 54,808 53,762 56,215
1986-87 26,569 26,057 27,244 22,700 1.17 56,532 55,443 57,969
1987-88 28,034 27,519 28,798 23,777 1.18 57,276 56,224 58,837
1988-89 29,564 29,022 30,218 24,752 1.19 57,736 56,677 59,013
                 
1989-90 31,367 30,832 32,049 25,762 1.22 58,467 57,470 59,738
1990-91 33,084 32,490 33,896 26,935 1.23 58,471 57,421 59,906
1991-92 34,063 33,479 34,827 28,169 1.21 58,332 57,332 59,640
1992-93 35,029 34,350 35,880 29,245 1.20 58,169 57,042 59,582
1993-94 35,737 35,233 36,566 30,030 1.19 57,846 57,030 59,188
                 
1994-95 36,675 36,088 37,523 30,857 1.19 57,710 56,787 59,045
1995-96 37,642 37,138 38,397 31,822 1.18 57,663 56,891 58,820
1996-97 38,443 38,039 39,184 33,058 1.16 57,257 56,655 58,360
1997-98 39,350 39,002 39,944 34,635 1.14 57,581 57,072 58,450
1998-99 40,544 40,165 41,203 36,277 1.12 58,318 57,773 59,266
                 
1999-2000 41,807 41,306 42,546 38,144 1.10 58,448 57,747 59,481
2000-01 43,378 42,910 44,053 39,727 1.09 58,635 58,003 59,548
2001-02 44,655 44,177 45,310 40,589 1.10 59,311 58,676 60,181
2002-03 45,686 45,408 46,106 41,629 1.10 59,376 59,014 59,922
2003-04 46,542 46,187 46,976 43,259 1.08 59,193 58,742 59,745
                 
2004-05 47,516 47,122 47,688 44,908 1.06 58,667 58,180 58,879
2005-06 49,086 48,573 49,496 46,626 1.05 58,382 57,772 58,869
2006-07 51,052 50,740 51,529 48,713 1.05 59,189 58,828 59,743
2007-08 52,800 52,385 53,262 50,504 1.05 59,029 58,565 59,545
2008-09 54,319 53,998 54,552 51,409 1.06 59,891 59,537 60,148
                 
2009-10 55,202 54,918 55,595 52,413 1.05 60,281 59,971 60,710
2010-11 55,623 55,217 56,225 53,975 1.03 59,545 59,110 60,190
2011-12 55,418 54,704 56,226 55,398 1.00 57,637 56,894 58,477
2012-13 56,103 55,344 57,077 56,361 1.00 57,394 56,618 58,391
2013-14 56,610 56,395 56,886 57,081 0.99 57,022 56,806 57,300
2014-15 57,379 57,225 57,609 57,379 57,225 57,609
—Not available.
1 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.
2 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.
3 Teachers at schools that are classified as elementary by state and local practice and composed of any span of grades not above grade 8. Preschool or kindergarten schools are included only if they are an integral part of an elementary school or a regularly established school system.
4 Teachers at schools comprising any span of grades beginning with the next grade following an elementary or middle school (usually 7, 8, or 9) and ending with or below grade 12. Includes both junior high schools and senior high schools.
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 2014-15; and unpublished tabulations. U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Income and Product Accounts, table 6.6D, retrieved September 2, 2015, from http://www.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?ReqID=9&step=1#reqid=9&step=1&isuri=1. (This table was prepared September 2015.)