Mobile Digest of Education Statistics, 2017

Elementary and Secondary Schools

Teachers’ Salaries

After adjustment for inflation, teachers’ base salaries were 2 percent lower in 2015–16 than they were in 1999–2000. The average salary for teachers with a bachelor’s degree in 2015–16 was 4 percent lower than in 1999–2000. Also, for teachers with a master’s degree, the average salary in 2015–16 was 4 percent lower than in 1999–2000.

Table 16. Average annual base salary for public school teachers, by highest degree earned and years of experience: Selected years, 1990–91 through 2015–16

[In constant 2016–17 dollars]1
Year and selected full-time and part-time teaching experience All teachers Bachelor’s degree Master’s degree
1 year or less42,38040,26047,750
6 to 9 years49,72045,39052,750
10 to 14 years56,48049,77059,910
15 to 19 years62,29054,64065,940
20 to 24 years65,64058,05069,080
25 to 29 years66,69058,33070,470

1 Constant 2016–17 dollars based on the Consumer Price Index, prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.
2 Includes other full-time experience levels not separately shown.

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