NY is tops in teacher salaries
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), an arm of the U.S. Department of Education, publishes a lot of interesting information online about education in the United States and other nations.
The other day, it posted to its website a list of public school secondary and elementary teacher salaries, broken down by state, for the year 2012-13. The chart not only breaks down the information by state, but provides a timeline of how teacher salaries have grown over the years, going back more than four decades.
New York, no surprise, pays the highest salaries for teachers in the country, with an average of $75,279. The only state that's even close to that is Massachusetts, at $73,129. The national average is $56,383.
If you're curious why your property taxes are so high here in New York, especially compared to other states, this statistic gives you a good look at the answer. Salaries comprise 60 to 80 percent of all school budgets.
The website provides other interesting statistics about education, including government expenditures on education, enrollment statistics and demographic information.
The chart of teacher salaries is available at http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d13/tables/dt13_211.60.asp .
Check it out.
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