So how much more are public school teacher paid over private ones?

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With over 41 percent of state and local workers working in public education, if there is going to be any attempt at controlling government spending, it is going to have to be in public K-12 education. The National Center for Education Statistics is the source of the data. The smallest difference between public and private teacher salaries exists for those with a Ph.D. (about 13%) and the largest difference appears for those who are black or who work in towns (public teachers make about 57 or 58 percent more).



Blogger Virginia said...

Does this chart represent teacher salaries in Virginia only, nationwide, or some other subset?

3/01/2011 7:35 AM  
Blogger John Lott said...

The link is to the National Center for Education Statistics, and it is national data. Thanks for the note.

3/01/2011 4:25 PM  
Blogger Chicago Lampoon said...

In Illinois, a group called the Family Taxpayers Foundation had to sue the state retirement board so that teachers salaries would be released to the public. The Teachers Unions wanted the information hidden. As it turns out, 14,048 IL teachers are pulling down more than $100k a year
for their 9 month jobs, including 1,700 in the abysmal Chicago Public school system. We have begun publishing the salaries locally: http://chicagolampoon.blogspot.com/2011/02/fatcats-in-evanstonskokie-ccsd-65-more.html

3/01/2011 9:11 PM  
Blogger pushback_317 said...

I do not get it?

I have always heard the reason WallStreet pays so much is because of the obvious necessity to attract only the best talent in the world.

Aren't world class teachers one of the most valuable resources for the 100,000,000(I pulled that number out of my ass) children who are 18?

A quick check showed $45,000 to $47,499 was the average salary in the USA. I am sure someone can correct me if wrong.

So, what we are doing to save an economy that was thrown seriously out of wack by wallstreet in 2008... Is taking one of the most important resources for youth in this country and cutting their wages?

3/11/2011 9:52 PM  

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