NC Policy Watch: North Carolina ranks 46th in teacher pay

Each Monday, progressive nonprofit North Carolina Policy Watch posts the “Monday numbers” — a collection of stats on various topics. This week, it’s schools, students and teachers:
48—rank of North Carolina in per-pupil K-12 spending (NEA Rankings and Estimates, 2012-2013)

52,938—amount in dollars of average teacher salary in Georgia (Ibid)

47,428—amount in dollars of average teacher salary in South Carolina (Ibid)

45,938—amount in dollars of average teacher salary in North Carolina (Presentation on North Carolina Teacher Salaries; State Board of Education, March 2013)

55,418—amount in dollars of average teacher salary in the United States (NEA Rankings and Estimates, 2012-2013)

46—rank of North Carolina in average teacher salary (Ibid)

55,923—amount in dollars of average teacher salary in North Carolina if the budget had increased teacher salaries at the national average rate of increase of 24 percent over the past 10 years (Presentation on North Carolina Teacher Salaries; State Board of Education, March 2013)

50—rank of North Carolina in average teacher salary increase over the past 10 years (Ibid)

15—number of years it takes an North Carolina public school teacher with a bachelor’s degree to earn $40,000 (Ibid)

35,380—amount in dollars of the base pay of a teacher with 5 years experience (Ibid)

15.7—percentage decrease in teacher salaries in constant dollars over the past 10 years (Ibid)

14—percentage of teachers that are paid at the lowest rung of the teacher salary schedule—$30,800 (Ibid)

60—percentage of salary that teachers earn compared to other professions that require a college degree (Ibid)

63—percentage of K-12 public school budget spent on teacher salaries (Ibid)

92.3—percentage of public school budget spent on teachers, teaching assistants, principals, assistant principals, instructional supports, and counselors (Ibid)

1.4—percentage of public school budget spent on central office (Ibid)

compiled by North Carolina Policy Watch

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