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Teaching America: A Glimpse at the Teaching Profession {infographic}

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The average day of a public school teacher doesn’t end when the bell rings and the students are gone. Class preparation, grading, bus duty, club advising, coaching and other non-instructional activities are often left out of the discussion on teacher compensation.

3.7 million: number of full-time elementary and secondary school teachers. 1

(project for Fall 2011)

3.3 million public school teachers.
0.4 million private school teachers.

7: percentage of increase in teachers between 2001 and 2011.

SALARY – Average Annual Contract Salary:2

$49,482: (before deductions, for all teachers for the school year 2005-2006, not including supplemental pay for extra duties).
By Gender3:
$50,505: male teachers
$48,998: female teachers

By Education 4:
$44,138: Bachelor’s degree or less
$52,710: Master’s degree or higher

By Region 5:
$57,936: Northeast
$41,597: Southeast
$49,082: Middle
$48,746: West

Global Stats 6:

The U.S. ranks 12th out of 37 countries in teacher salaries

Average Starting Salary – How Do Teachers Stack Up 7?

$30,377: teachers

$43,635: computer programmers

$44,668: public accounting professionals

$45,570: registered nurses

WHAT ABOUT SUMMERS OFF 8?

Most teachers spend summers:

Working second jobs
Teaching summer school
Taking classes for certification renewal/career advancement at their own expense. (Most full-time employees in the private sector receive training on company time at company expense.)

DEMOGRAPHICS (most recent data from 2006) 9:

Gender:

30: percentage of all teachers who are male

70: percentage of all teachers who are female

Age:

46: average age for all teachers

44: average age for male teachers

46: average age for female teachers

10: percentage of teachers under 30

21: percentage of teachers 30-39

27: percentage of teachers 40-49

42: percentage of teachers 50+

WORKING HOURS (most recent data from 2006) 10:

7 hours, 24 minutes: average length of the required school day for all teachers (instructional)

37 hours: average school workweek for all teachers (instructional)

Instructional Hours:

10: percentage of teachers that work less than 35 hours per week

68: percentage of teachers that work 35-40 hours per week

22: percentage of teachers that work 40+ hours per week

Working 40+ hours – Influencing Factors 11:

School system size (number of students)
22% of teachers working in large systems (25,000+ students)
19% of teachers working in medium systems (3,000 to 25,000 students)
28% of teachers working in small systems (less than 3,000 students)

Geographic Location
5% of teachers in the Northeast
17% of teachers in the Southeast
26% of teachers in the Middle
37% of teachers in the West

Non-Classroom Hours 12:

10: number of additional hours spent on instruction-related activities such as lesson preparation and paper grading, on average.

9.1: number of additional hours spent on instruction-related activities such as lesson preparation and paper grading by male teachers on average.

9.8: number of additional hours spent on instruction-related activities such as lesson preparation and paper grading by female teachers on average.

Compensated Additional Hours 13:

5.2: number of hours spent on compensated non-instructional activities (coaching, etc) per week, on average.

Non-compensated Additional Hours 14:

3.8: average number of hours spent each week on non-compensated non-instructional activities (bus duty, club advising, etc) by all teachers.

5.1: average number of hours spent each week on non-compensated non-instructional activities (bus duty, club advising, etc) by senior high school teachers.

Total Time Spent on All Teaching Duties 15:

52: mean number of hours spent weekly on all teaching duties.

54: number of hours spent weekly on all teaching duties by senior high school teachers.

6: percentage of teachers that spent 35-39 hours/ week on all teaching duties

19: percentage of teachers that spent 40-44 hours/week on all teaching duties

22: percentage of teachers that spent 45-49 hours/week on all teaching duties

19: percentage of teachers that spent 50-54 hours/ week on all teaching duties

13: percentage of teachers that spent 55-59 hours/ week on all teaching duties

20: percentage of teachers that spent 60+ hours/ week on all teaching duties

CLASS SIZE (most recent data from 2006) 16:

Non-departmentalized Elementary Schools

22: average number of students per class

Departmentalized Secondary or Elementary Schools

29: average number of students per class

Students Taught Per Day Departmentalized Secondary or Elementary Schools

87: average number of students taught per day, per teacher

Sources:

1 http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d11/

2 http://www.nea.org/home/46616.htm - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

3 http://www.nea.org/home/46616.htm - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

4 http://www.nea.org/home/46616.htm - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

5 http://www.nea.org/home/46616.htm - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

6 http://www.oecd.org/edu/eag2012.htm - Education at a Glance 2012: OECD Indicators

7 http://www.nea.org/home/12661.htm

8 http://www.nea.org/home/12661.htm

9 http://www.nea.org/home/46616.htm - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

10 http://www.nea.org/home/46616.htm - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

11 http://www.nea.org/home/46616.htm - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

12 http://www.nea.org/home/46616.htm - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

13 http://www.nea.org/home/46616.htm - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

14 http://www.nea.org/home/46616.htm - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

15 http://www.nea.org/home/46616.htm - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.

16 http://www.nea.org/home/46616.htm - Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2005-2006 – March 2010.