US Teacher Statistics

US Teacher Statistics

  • The typical educator will teach more than 3,000 students throughout their career
  • Approximately 83% of students credit teachers for boosting their self-esteem
  • Around 88% of individuals acknowledge the significant positive impact teachers have had on their lives
  • About 75% of students perceive teachers as mentors and role models
  • The average student-to-teacher ratio has decreased from 15.9 in 2000 to 14.3 in 2019
  • The average age of teachers in the United States is 42.4 years
  • Teachers, on average, spend $750 per year on school supplies for their classrooms
  • In the United States, teachers dedicate approximately 998 hours per year to classroom teaching
  • Around 80% of teachers are dedicating more time to address students’ mental health concerns
  • About 71% of teachers are spending more of their own money on classroom materials
  • Teachers are experiencing reduced planning time (55%) due to staff shortages and other factors
  • Roughly 51% of people consider teaching to be one of the most notable professions.
  • On average, teachers work 400 hours of overtime each year
  • Between 2009 and 2014, there was a 35% decrease in enrollment for teacher education programs

How many teachers are there in the USA?

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  • Teachers total 2.5% of the entire US workforce
  • There are 4,007,908 teachers in the USA
  • More than half of all teachers are elementary school teachers
  • Just under a quarter of all teachers are high school teachers
  • A small percentage of schools cover kindergarten, all the way through to 12th grade – teachers at these schools make up 12%

US teachers by grade level

GradeNo. of teachers%
K-12 combined schools291,7247.3%
Elementary school2,006,81050.1%
Middle school and junior high641,48516.0%
High school992,38624.8%
YearStudent/Teacher Ratio

How much do teachers get paid?

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  • Teachers have a median annual salary of just over $61,000
  • The median US income in 2021 was $69,717 – $8,717 more than the median salary for a teacher
  • Teachers earn 23.5% less than comparable college graduates
  • The median income of a person with a master’s degree is $81,848
  • The median income of a teacher with a master’s degree is $70,279 – $11,569 less than the median income of a person with a master’s degree
  • Teachers are only paid for the days they work – meaning that teachers are not paid for the extended summer vacations
  • However, many teachers choose to take their 9 months of salary in 12 monthly payments

States with the highest and lowest average salaries for teachers

Item% of teachers spending money on it
Incentives (gold stars, prizes. candy)90%
Snacks for kids73%
Items crucial for the curriculum44%
Cleaning supplies52%
Filed trips20%

Teacher shortage and recruitment statistics

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  • Teacher attrition in the USA is twice as high as in countries with well-regarded education systems like Finland and Singapore
  • It causes a distract $20,000 every time a teacher quits
  • Teachers of mathematics, science, special education, English language development, and foreign languages are more likely to leave either their school or teaching
  • Turnover rates are 50% higher for teachers in Title I schools – schools that serve a high percentage of low-income students

Teacher burnout statistics

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  • Between February 2020 – May 2022, it was estimated that over 300,000 public school teachers and other staff quit due to burnout
  • 55% of female teachers have reported that they are burned out
  • This is at a much higher rate than the 44% of male teachers who have reported they are burned out
  • 35% of US educators regard their job as highly stressful

Teacher workload statistics

  • 46% of teachers work more than 50 hours a week
  • 38% work 40 to 45 hours a week
  • 55% of the teachers intend to leave the profession due to excessive workload
  • In 2023, 4 in 5 teachers (81%) claim that their workload has increased
  • Teachers have reported as many as 27 hours of additional work without an increase in pay
Number Of HoursPercentage Of Teachers
35 hours12%
40 to 45 hours38%
More than 50 hours50%
CountryHours spent in the classroom
Costa Rica1134
South Korea749