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Comparable Wage Index for Teachers (CWIFT)

The Comparable Wage Index for Teachers (CWIFT) is an experimental index created by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to facilitate comparison of educational expenditures. The CWIFT is a measure of the systematic, regional variations in the wages and salaries of college graduates who are not PK‌-12 educators as determined by reported occupational category. It can be used by researchers to adjust school district-level finance data in order to make comparisons across geographic areas. The CWIFT is based on data from the American Community Survey (ACS), a continuous household survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The ACS provides information about the earnings, age, occupation, industry, and other demographic characteristics for millions of U.S. workers. The CWIFT measures wage and salary differences for college graduates, using an analysis that is modeled after the baseline analysis used to construct the original CWI released by NCES in 2006.

ACS Comparable Wage Index for Teachers (774 KB)

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Comparable Wage Index for Teachers (CWIFT) (205 KB)

User Notes

The Census Bureau’s School District Boundary Review program shifted from a biennial to an annual boundary collection beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year. As a result, the 2017 CWIFT LEA file relies on 2017-2018 boundaries.

Data

Comparable Wage Index for Teachers (CWIFT) (205 KB)

User Notes

Additional information about issues impacting the American Community Survey, including design, collection, production, and data release are available from the ACS technical documentation.