January 21, 2022

New Report/Data: The Characteristics of Public School Teachers in the U.S.

From the National Center for Education Statistics:

2017-08-15_14-23-13Public school teachers had an average of about 14 years experience in 2015-16, and nearly half (47 percent) had earned a master’s degree, according to a new report released today.

The National Center for Education Statistics released Characteristics of Public Elementary and Secondary School Teachers in the United States: Results From the 2015–16 National Teacher and Principal Survey. The National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS) is a nationally representative sample survey of public K–12 schools, principals, and teachers in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Key Findings

  • In the 2015–16 school year, there were an estimated 3,827,100 teachers in public elementary and secondary schools in the United States. About 3,608,600 taught in traditional public schools and about 218,500 taught in charter schools. About 80 percent of all public school teachers were non-Hispanic White, 9 percent were Hispanic, 7 percent were non-Hispanic Black, and 2 percent were non-Hispanic Asian;
  • Regular full-time teachers in public schools spent, on average, about 53 hours per week on all school-related activities, including 27 hours that they were paid to deliver instruction to students during a typical full week. Public school teachers were required to work an average of 38 hours per week to receive their base pay;
  • In 2015–16, the average base salary of regular full-time teachers in public schools was $55,100; and
  • The largest percentage of public school teachers listed a master’s degree as their highest degree earned (47 percent), followed by a bachelor’s degree (41 percent). Relatively more teachers in traditional public schools listed a master’s degree as their highest degree (48 percent) than those in public charter schools (38 percent).

Direct to Full Text Report
50 pages; PDF.

ALSO New Today

Characteristics of Private Schools in the U.S. (2015-16)
57 pages; PDF.

Key Findings

There were 35,576 private schools in the United States in fall 2015, enrolling 4,903,596 students, and employing 481,558 full-time-equivalent teachers.

In 2015-16, there were more private schools in suburban locations (12,662) and cities (11,476) than in rural areas (7,539) and towns (2,900); About 96 percent of all private schools in 2015-16 were coeducational, while 2 percent enrolled all girls and 2 percent enrolled all boys; and

Of the grade 12 students enrolled in private schools on October 1, 2014, about 97 percent graduated in 2014-2015. Of the 343,252 private high school graduates in 2014–15, about 65 percent attended 4-year colleges by the fall of 2015.

Direct to Full Text Report

See Also: Characteristics of Public Elementary and Secondary School Principals in the United States: Results (2015–16)
August 2017.

See Also: Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools: Findings From the School Survey on Crime and Safety: 2015-16
July 2017

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.