Annual Earnings of Teachers and Non-Teachers
September 27, 2011
The salary gap between teachers and non-teachers – when controlling for experience, gender, and education – has grown over time. Teachers in the 1970s earned 93 percent as much as nonteachers with similar backgrounds. By the 2000s, they earned just 81 percent as much. In addition to salaries, teachers also receive more favorable health and retirement benefits than many private-sector workers. Those benefits are excluded from this analysis because data on the value of those benefits is hard to come by.