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Total number of public school teachers and percentage distribution of public school teachers, by their satisfaction with teaching salary and selected school and teacher characteristics: 2015–16

        I am satisfied with my teaching salary4
Selected school and teacher characteristics   Total number of teachers   Percent who agree   Percent who disagree  
All public schools   3,827,100   45.2   54.8  
               
School classification              
Traditional public   3,608,600   45.1   54.9  
Charter school   218,500   45.7   54.3  
               
Community type              
City1   1,179,700   44.3   55.7  
Suburban   1,512,900   47.3   52.7  
Town   416,400   45.8   54.2  
Rural   718,100   41.7   58.3  
               
Teacher's instructional level2              
Elementary   1,907,500   42.5   57.5  
Secondary   1,919,600   47.8   52.2  
               
Member of a teachers' union or employee association              
Yes   2,675,400   48.7   51.3  
No   1,151,700   36.9   63.1  
               
School, district, or school system              
Yes   2,299,000   49.5   50.5  
No   1,528,100   38.6   61.4  
               
Census region3              
Northeast   738,100   58.8   41.2  
Midwest   811,800   49.5   50.5  
South   1,496,600   35.7   64.3  
West   780,500   46.0   54.0  
1 Interpret data on city teachers with caution. After nonresponse adjustments, the nonresponse bias for this category is greater than for other characteristics.
2Instructional level refers to the grade levels taught by a teacher and divides teachers into elementary or secondary based on a combination of the grades taught, main teaching assignment, and the structure of their classes.
3 Northeast includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont; Midwest includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin; South includes Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia; and West includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
4Teachers who agree are those who answered "strongly agree" or "somewhat agree" to the statement. Teachers who disagree are those who answered "strongly disagree" or "somewhat disagree" to the statement.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS), "Public School Teacher Data File," 2015–16.