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National Education Association Releases Annual Rankings & Estimates Report

Report paints challenging teaching and learning conditions for nation’s public school students, schools and educators

WASHINGTON - April 23, 2018 -

The National Education Association’s annual Rankings and Estimates: Rankings of the States 2017 and Estimates of School Statistics 2018 is now available.

The report paints a stark picture of public school funding across the nation, underscoring why educators from Arizona to West Virginia are uniting to advocate for the resources and learning conditions needed to help all students succeed.

The NEA report provides comparative state data and national averages on a host of important public education statistics, teacher salaries, student enrollment, and revenue and expenditures for the most recent school year.

Highlights from this year’s report:

Teacher Salary

  • The 2017-18 national average teacher salary is estimated to be $60,483.
  • When the effects of inflation accounted for, the average teacher salary decreased by 4.0 percent from 2008‒09 to 2017‒18.

Expenditure per Student

  • The national average per-student expenditure in 2017-18 based on fall enrollment is estimated to be $11,934.
  • After inflation adjustment, the expenditure per student in fall enrollment decreased by 2.3 percent from 2008-09 to 2017-18.

School Revenues

  • The national total school revenue receipts are estimated to be $658.6 billion in 2017-18.
  • Adjusting for inflation, NEA estimates that public school revenues decreased 2.1 percent from 2008-09 to 2017-18.

NEA has produced the Rankings and Estimates report for more than 70 years. The complete report can be found here.

Technical note: Rankings data come primarily through collaborative efforts with state Departments of Education. Estimates are determined through recognized statistical analysis procedures, as presented in the methodology section of the report.

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.


Rankings of the States 2017 & Estimates of School Statistics 2018
This combined report provides facts about the extent to which local, state, and national governments commit resources to public education. NEA Research offers this report to its state and local affiliates as well as to researchers, policymakers, and the public as a tool to examine public education policies, programs, and services.