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 estimates indicate how much lower teachers’ wages are compared to their non-teacher counterparts, controlling for degree, weeks, and hours (and age). The U.S. averages are unweighted. Note that estimates include private school teachers. For more information on this measure, see our State Indicators Database user’s guide. You can also download the full dataset.
Note: if you get an “unexpected error” message when attempting to load the Tableau visualization, try enabling third party cookies in your web browser.
Visualization by Bilan Jama and Lauren Schneider
NEW RELEASE OF DISTRICT COST DATABASE AND DATAVIZ TOOL
Latest Annual Report
The Adequacy and Fairness of State School Finance Systems (fifth edition)
The fifth edition of our annual report presenting findings on effort, statewide adequacy, and equal opportunity in state school finance systems. Published December 2022.
Latest Research Briefs
The Source Code: Revenue Composition and the Adequacy, Equity, and Stability of K-12 School Spending
An analysis of the relationship between revenue composition and the adequacy, equity, and stability of K-12 funding. Published April 2023. Read the report.