Average salary of classroom teachers in public elementary and secondary schools in the U.S. from 1980 to 2017 (in 1,000 U.S. dollars)

Teachers in public elementary/secondary schools - average salary 1980-2017 This graph shows the average salary of classroom teachers in public elementary and secondary schools in the United States from 1980 to 2017. The average salary of a teacher in a secondary school in the academic year 2016/17, was 58,978 U.S. dollars. As of fall 2014, the state of Texas had the most public elementary and secondary school teachers of any U.S. state, with around 342,257. Texas was followed by California and New York.
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ElementarySecondary
1979-80 15.5716.46
1980-81 17.2318.14
1981-82 18.8519.81
1982-83 20.2321.29
1983-84 21.4922.55
1984-85 23.224.19
1985-86 24.7225.85
1986-87 26.0627.24
1987-88 27.5228.8
1988-89 29.0230.22
1989-90 30.8332.05
1990-91 32.4933.9
1991-92 33.4834.83
1992-93 34.3535.88
1993-94 35.2336.57
1994-95 36.0937.52
1995-96 37.1438.4
1996-97 38.0439.18
1997-98 3939.94
1998-99 40.1741.2
1999-00 41.3142.55
2000-01 42.9144.05
2001-02 44.1845.31
2002-03 45.4146.11
2003-04 46.1946.98
2004-05 47.1247.69
2005-06 48.5749.5
2006-07 50.7451.53
2007-08 52.3953.26
2008-09 5454.55
2009-10 54.9255.6
2010-11 55.2256.23
2011-12 54.756.23
2012-13 55.3457.08
2013-14 56.456.89
2014-15 57.0957.68
2015-1658.2358.39
2016-1758.7758.98
ElementarySecondary
1979-80 15.5716.46
1980-81 17.2318.14
1981-82 18.8519.81
1982-83 20.2321.29
1983-84 21.4922.55
1984-85 23.224.19
1985-86 24.7225.85
1986-87 26.0627.24
1987-88 27.5228.8
1988-89 29.0230.22
1989-90 30.8332.05
1990-91 32.4933.9
1991-92 33.4834.83
1992-93 34.3535.88
1993-94 35.2336.57
1994-95 36.0937.52
1995-96 37.1438.4
1996-97 38.0439.18
1997-98 3939.94
1998-99 40.1741.2
1999-00 41.3142.55
2000-01 42.9144.05
2001-02 44.1845.31
2002-03 45.4146.11
2003-04 46.1946.98
2004-05 47.1247.69
2005-06 48.5749.5
2006-07 50.7451.53
2007-08 52.3953.26
2008-09 5454.55
2009-10 54.9255.6
2010-11 55.2256.23
2011-12 54.756.23
2012-13 55.3457.08
2013-14 56.456.89
2014-15 57.0957.68
2015-1658.2358.39
2016-1758.7758.98
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This graph shows the average salary of classroom teachers in public elementary and secondary schools in the United States from 1980 to 2017. The average salary of a teacher in a secondary school in the academic year 2016/17, was 58,978 U.S. dollars. As of fall 2014, the state of Texas had the most public elementary and secondary school teachers of any U.S. state, with around 342,257. Texas was followed by California and New York.
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Release date
August 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
1980-2017
Supplementary notes
Elementary schools include kindergartens. Teachers include full-time working teachers only.

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