Visualization: teacher wage penalties

Select a state and year from the menus below. The graph will display “teacher wage penalties” — the percentage difference in wages between teachers and comparable non-teacher professionals in a given year, for both the selected state and the national average in that year, at four different ages (25, 35, 45, and 55). The numbers indicate how much lower teachers’ wages are compared to their non-teacher counterparts — i.e., the “teacher penalty.” Note that estimates include private school teachers.

These variables are part of our State Indicators Database. For more information on these measures, see our State Indicators Database user’s guide and our annual report. To convert the graph to a PDF or graphic, use the download button at the bottom.

Visualization by Bilan Jama and Lauren Schneider

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