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ERIC Number: ED540451
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
What Happens to Teacher Salaries during a Recession? Schools in Crisis: Making Ends Meet
Simpkins, Jim; Roza, Marguerite; Simburg, Suzanne
Center on Reinventing Public Education
In many districts where budgets are tight and forcing cuts in services, are teacher incomes also falling behind? Is teaching becoming a less remunerative occupation relative to other local opportunities such that over time it may become less attractive? Or, do the automatic salary triggers shift wages up despite revenue constraints? This study uses data from Seattle Public Schools to explore actual salary changes amidst rapid changes in economic context. Typical of other urban districts, Seattle faced budget gaps throughout the recession as state revenues tightened. The study shows that wage trends shifted up in unexpected ways at the outset of the recession, then leveled off as the economic strain continued in subsequent years. Analysis of the salary components sheds light on the nature of the salary drivers and why they are at times out of pace with economic context. (Contains 3 figures and 6 footnotes.)
Center on Reinventing Public Education. University of Washington Bothell Box 358200, Seattle, WA 98195. Tel: 206-685-2214; Fax: 206-221-7402; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Identifiers - Location: Washington