ERIC Number: ED384339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
Salaries of Teachers. Indicator of the Month.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
There has been much discussion about increasing the supply and quality of teachers. Education officials are experimenting with teacher salary structures, creating new career steps, career ladders, merit pay schemes, and new positions with greater authority and responsibility in order to attract and retain better teachers. In the past, such experiments have been associated with increases in teachers' salaries. The salary history of teachers since 1960 is detailed. Salary trends include: (1) between 1980 and 1993, average overall teachers salaries increased by 21%; elementary teacher salaries increased by 22%, and secondary teacher salaries increased by 19%; (2) the increase in the 1980s followed a period of decline during the 1970s. Teacher salaries peaked in 1973, then fell to a low in 1981. (3) The average beginning salary for teachers increased 17% between 1980 and 1993, from $20,504 to $23,969; and (4) percentage increases in teacher salaries between 1981 and 1993 ranged from a high of 51% in New England to a low of 9% in the Rocky Mountain states. The following tables are provided: "Average annual salary for public elementary and secondary school teachers: Selected years 1960-93"; "Average annual salaries of public school teachers, percentage increase of salaries between 1981 and 1993, and per capita personal income for 1992, by region", and two figures illustrate "Average annual salary and average beginning salary for public school teachers: Selected school years ending 1960-93" and "Percentage change in public school teacher salaries: 1981-93." (MAS)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: Extracted from "The Condition of Education, 1994."