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Digest of Education Statistics: 2017
Digest of Education Statistics: 2017



Table 211.50. Estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools: Selected years, 1959-60 through 2016-17
School year Current dollars Average public school teachers' salary
in constant 2016-17 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 $41,251 $39,764 $43,571
1961-62 5,515 5,340 5,775 5,063 1.09 44,522 43,109 46,621
1963-64 5,995 5,805 6,266 5,478 1.09 47,167 45,672 49,299
1965-66 6,485 6,279 6,761 5,934 1.09 49,318 47,751 51,416
1967-68 7,423 7,208 7,692 6,533 1.14 52,965 51,431 54,884
                 
1969-70 8,626 8,412 8,891 7,486 1.15 55,411 54,036 57,113
1970-71 9,268 9,021 9,568 7,998 1.16 56,613 55,104 58,445
1971-72 9,705 9,424 10,031 8,521 1.14 57,229 55,572 59,151
1972-73 10,174 9,893 10,507 9,056 1.12 57,671 56,078 59,559
1973-74 10,770 10,507 11,077 9,667 1.11 56,052 54,683 57,649
                 
1974-75 11,641 11,334 12,000 10,411 1.12 54,540 53,102 56,222
1975-76 12,600 12,280 12,937 11,194 1.13 55,131 53,731 56,606
1976-77 13,354 12,989 13,776 11,971 1.12 55,211 53,702 56,955
1977-78 14,198 13,845 14,602 12,811 1.11 55,007 53,639 56,572
1978-79 15,032 14,681 15,450 13,807 1.09 53,250 52,006 54,730
                 
1979-80 15,970 15,569 16,459 15,050 1.06 49,917 48,664 51,446
1980-81 17,644 17,230 18,142 16,461 1.07 49,425 48,265 50,820
1981-82 19,274 18,853 19,805 17,795 1.08 49,698 48,612 51,067
1982-83 20,695 20,227 21,291 18,873 1.10 51,164 50,007 52,638
1983-84 21,935 21,487 22,554 19,781 1.11 52,294 51,226 53,770
                 
1984-85 23,600 23,200 24,187 20,694 1.14 54,144 53,227 55,491
1985-86 25,199 24,718 25,846 21,685 1.16 56,192 55,120 57,635
1986-87 26,569 26,057 27,244 22,700 1.17 57,961 56,844 59,433
1987-88 28,034 27,519 28,798 23,777 1.18 58,723 57,644 60,324
1988-89 29,564 29,022 30,218 24,752 1.19 59,194 58,109 60,504
                 
1989-90 31,367 30,832 32,049 25,762 1.22 59,944 58,922 61,247
1990-91 33,084 32,490 33,896 26,935 1.23 59,948 58,871 61,419
1991-92 34,063 33,479 34,827 28,169 1.21 59,805 58,780 61,147
1992-93 35,029 34,350 35,880 29,245 1.20 59,639 58,483 61,088
1993-94 35,737 35,233 36,566 30,030 1.19 59,308 58,471 60,683
                 
1994-95 36,675 36,088 37,523 30,857 1.19 59,168 58,221 60,537
1995-96 37,642 37,138 38,397 31,822 1.18 59,120 58,329 60,306
1996-97 38,443 38,039 39,184 33,058 1.16 58,703 58,086 59,835
1997-98 39,350 39,002 39,944 34,638 1.14 59,035 58,513 59,927
1998-99 40,544 40,165 41,203 36,280 1.12 59,792 59,233 60,764
                 
1999-2000 41,807 41,306 42,546 38,144 1.10 59,924 59,206 60,984
2000-01 43,378 42,910 44,053 39,727 1.09 60,117 59,468 61,052
2001-02 44,655 44,177 45,310 40,589 1.10 60,810 60,159 61,702
2002-03 45,686 45,408 46,106 41,629 1.10 60,876 60,505 61,436
2003-04 46,542 46,187 46,976 43,259 1.08 60,689 60,226 61,255
                 
2004-05 47,516 47,122 47,688 44,908 1.06 60,149 59,650 60,367
2005-06 49,086 48,573 49,496 46,626 1.05 59,857 59,231 60,357
2006-07 51,052 50,740 51,529 48,713 1.05 60,685 60,314 61,252
2007-08 52,800 52,385 53,262 50,504 1.05 60,520 60,044 61,050
2008-09 54,319 53,998 54,552 51,409 1.06 61,404 61,041 61,667
                 
2009-10 55,202 54,918 55,595 52,413 1.05 61,804 61,486 62,244
2010-11 55,623 55,217 56,225 53,975 1.03 61,050 60,604 61,710
2011-12 55,418 54,704 56,226 55,398 1.00 59,093 58,332 59,955
2012-13 56,103 55,344 57,077 56,356 1.00 58,844 58,048 59,866
2013-14 56,610 56,395 56,886 57,459 0.99 58,463 58,241 58,748
                 
2014-15 57,420 57,092 57,678 59,126 0.97 58,871 58,534 59,135
2015-16 58,353 58,225 58,385 60,429 0.97 59,426 59,296 59,459
2016-17 58,950 58,773 58,978 58,950 58,773 58,978
—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 2016-17; and unpublished tabulations. U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Income and Product Accounts, table 6.6D, retrieved August 10, 2017, from http://www.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?ReqID=9&step=1#reqid=9&step=3&isuri=1&903=201. (This table was prepared August 2017.)