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National Survey of Salaries and Wages in Public Schools (2005-06)

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Annual survey of K-12 salaries, wages also looks at more than 20 other public school jobs.

For the third year, The National Survey of Salaries and Wages in Public Schools was released to Education Week by Educational Research Service as part of a research partnership.

The survey of more than 600 school districts conducted by ERS, a nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va., that has been conducting the survey for more than 30 years, revealed that district size has a more pronounced effect on the salaries of superintendents than any other staff category.

The strong relationship between district size and salary for more senior administrators weakens among lower-paid education professionals. On average, assistant principals, teachers, counselors, and librarians earn the highest salaries in mid-sized districts serving between 2,500 and 25,000 students.

The Editorial Projects in Education Research Center used data from the ERS survey to calculate changes in salaries between the 2004-05 and 2005-06 school years. Among the 22 professional positions tracked, seven posted gains, 14 registered declines, and earnings held steady in one. For all but four of these categories, 2005-06 earnings had changed less than two percent compared to 2004-05 levels.

Read more about the salary survey findings in Education Week: “Bigger District Size Gives Superintendents Earnings Edge,” July 26, 2006.

View the accompanying interactive charts (available online only), Salaries and Wages in Public Schools. (Requires Macromedia Flash.)

Download all data related to the 2005-2006 survey. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader

More information on the National Survey of Salaries and Wages in Public Schools is available from the Educational Research Service.


2004-2005 Salary Survey

Read more about the 2004-2005 salary survey findings in Education Week: "ERS Releases Nationally Representative K-12 Salary Data," April 13, 2005.

View the accompanying charts and graphs, "Salaries and Wages in Public Schools." Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader


2003-2004 Salary Survey

Read more about the 2003-2004 salary survey findings in Education Week: "Schools Chiefs Lead The Way in Pay Trends," June 23, 2004.

View the accompanying charts and graphs, "Salaries and Wages in Public Schools." Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader

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