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ERIC Number: ED500877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
Findings from the Pilot Teacher Compensation Survey: School Year 2005-06. First Look. NCES 2008-440
Johnson, Frank; Cornman, Stephen
National Center for Education Statistics
This report presents findings from the Pilot Teacher Compensation Survey (TCS), which collected data for school year 2005-2006. This pilot collection is a research and development effort to see if it is possible to collect and publish teacher-level data from the administrative records residing in state departments of education. Seven states participated in this survey: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, and Oklahoma. These states provided data on salaries, years of teaching experience, highest degree earned, race/ethnicity, and gender for each public school teacher. Data on government expenditures on employee benefits were also solicited, but only three states were able to provide partial employee benefits data. This is a universe survey of administrative records for all teachers in participating states: no statistical testing was required. Selected findings include: (1) Mean base salaries of full-time public school teachers in the seven states participating in the Pilot Teacher Compensation Survey ranged from $34,631 to $44,777 per year; median base salaries of full-time public school teachers ranged between $33,516 and $42,676; median total salary for full-time teachers ranged from $34,973 to $42,500; (2) Median level of teaching experience ranged from 8 to 15 years; median teacher age was between 43 and 45 in each of the states; (3) Number of teachers that held master's degrees as their highest degree varied across the seven states from approximately 28 percent to almost 50 percent; (4) Teachers holding master's degrees earned more than teachers who held a bachelor's degree; (5) Proportion of teachers with one year of teaching experience ranged from 4.4 percent to 10.9 percent; (6) Full-time teachers 66 years old or older comprised from 0.4 percent to 1.0 percent of public school full-time teachers; in three of the five states reporting age data, the highest proportion of teachers were 51 to 55 years old; (7) Majority of teachers in the seven reporting states were White; and (8) More than three quarters of the teachers across six of the seven reporting states were female. Reported findings were chosen to demonstrate the range of information available when using the TCS rather than to discuss all of the observed discoveries and are not meant to emphasize any particular issue. Two appendixes are included: (1) Methodology and Technical Notes; and (2) Common Core of Data Glossary. (Contains 1 footnote, 3 figures, and 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; Florida; Iowa; Missouri; Oklahoma
IES Funded: Yes