Teachers are getting paid on average $10,000 less than they used to.
That’s according to a new report from the National Association of State Teachers, or NASST, and it shows the salaries of educators across the country have been on a steady decline for decades.
The study was conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, which estimates the average salary for a public school teacher in 2018 was $52,000, down about $6,000 from 2017.
But, the biggest jump in paychecks has been in the classroom, with the average teacher earning $63,000 in 2018, up by $1,000.
The NASST report also found that the number of teachers nationwide has dropped to just 5.7 percent of the nation’s 1.2 billion students.
In total, about one in five students in the United States is not enrolled in a public high school or college.
That number is on the rise, as students increasingly are getting their educations in charter schools, private schools and online learning.
According to the NASST study, the average student attending a public elementary school today is 19 years old, and the average high school student is 26.
The report also notes that teacher salaries have continued to fall.
The average teacher’s salary dropped to $34,400 in 2018.
However, that was more than double the median teacher salary of $24,200.
According, the NASSt study also found the average salaries for teachers at all levels have also been dropping.
The median teacher’s annual salary dropped from $42,500 in 2017 to $32,200 in 2018; the salary of the average elementary teacher fell from $69,000 to $63 and the salary for the average middle school teacher dropped from just over $55,000 ($47,000 for the middle schooler) to just over a $40,000($36,000 teacher salary).
The average salary of a teacher for a middle school in 2018 is just under $45,000 and the median is just over just over 30,000.(NBC News)But the NASst report also shows that the overall number of American teachers has continued to grow, even as the number has dropped nationwide.
The NASST also found there were 9 million teachers nationwide in 2018 and that there were nearly 2.6 million teachers with a bachelor’s degree in 2018 as opposed to 2.2 million in 2017.
The overall number has continued its rise in recent years, with some teachers earning as much as $90,000 per year, the report said.
The data comes from the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, a national survey that includes questions about teachers, schools and students.
The data was provided by the NASSAU.