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How to Look Up Teacher Salaries
Individual school districts and state departments of education provide salary schedules for their teachers for the current year in the human resources or recruitment sections of their websites. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is a branch of the U.S. Department of Labor that measures labor market activity, including salaries. The most up-to-date salary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is generally from the previous year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 4.5 million teachers working in the United States in 2008.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Go to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website (see Resources).
Click on "Subject Areas."
Click on "Wages by Area and Occupation."
Click on "For Over 800 Occupations."
Click on the heading for the particular type of teacher salary you wish to look up from the list of occupations provided. Options include Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers and Technical Education Teachers.
Move your cursor over individual states on the Annual Mean Wage of Secondary School Teachers to find mean wage information for those states. This data page also provides information on national annual mean wages, mean wages for teachers in different types of institutions, and the names the states and metropolitan areas with the highest- and lowest-paid teachers.
Individual School Districts and States
Go to the website of your state department of education or your local school district. Find contact information for state departments of education on the U.S. Department of Education website (see Resources). From your state department of education website, find contact information for your local school district.
Go to the section of the website dealing with employee issues, generally titled "Teachers," "Human Resources" or "Recruitment."
Click on "Salary Schedules" or "Compensation." As state and district websites differ, you may have to search through the human resources section of the website to get to this information. Teacher salaries are generally listed in a table that indicates how years of experience, grade level and credentials affect salary levels.
Richard Long is an English teacher in Toronto, Canada and has been writing for over five years. He has had work published in "Geist" and "Speak2Me" magazines and is currently completing a certificate in technical communication from George Brown College.