Base salaries for teachers in high- and low-poverty schools and gap between these salaries


School type Base salary
Low-poverty $58,900
High-poverty $53,300

Note: Data are for teachers in public noncharter schools. Salaries are rounded to the closest hundred dollars. A teacher is in a low-poverty school if less than 25 percent of the student body in his/her classroom is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch programs; a teacher is in a high-poverty school if 50 percent or more of the student body is his/her classroom is eligible for those programs. The data come from teachers answers to the survey question, “During the current school year, what is your base teaching salary for the entire school year?”

Source: 2015–2016 National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS) microdata from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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