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ERIC Number: ED501916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
Using Occupational Characteristics Information from O*NET to Identify Occupations for Compensations Comparisons with K-12 Teaching. WCER Working Paper No. 2008-4
Milanowski, Anthony
Wisconsin Center for Education Research (NJ3)
A common theme in policy discussions of teacher quality is that K-12 teacher salaries need to be increased. While raising pay may attract more people to the occupation and improve retention, it is not completely obvious how much pay levels should be increased. One way to determine the pay level needed has been to compare teacher pay to pay levels in other occupations. This approach avoids many complexities involved in trying to estimate a supply curve or in asking workers with the skills needed what pay levels would attract them to K-12 teaching. The O*NET database contains job content information on most occupations in the U.S., including K-12 teachers. The author decided to see if it could be used to identify some occupations comparable to K-12 teaching based on job content. This paper reports on the initial analyses conducted and on the comparison groups these analyses suggested. Although the writer concludes that if would be premature to conclude that a canonical set of comparison occupations has been identified, results demonstrate the feasibility of using job content as another basis of comparison and help broaden thinking about which occupations are comparable to K-12 teaching. (Contains 4 footnotes, 2 figures, and 7 tables.) [This paper was originally prepared for the 2003 annual meeting of the American Educational Finance Association, Orlando, Florida.]
Wisconsin Center for Education Research. School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1025 West Johnson Street Suite 785, Madison, WI 53706. Tel: 608-263-4200; Fax: 608-263-6448; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York; Consortium for Policy Research in Education
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A