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Teacher Compensation Varies Among School Districts, But Daily Pay Compares Well to Other Occupations, Report No. 04-36, June 2004
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  • The median total teacher compensation in Florida, including salary, benefits, and supplements, was approximately $47,000 in 2002-03. Nationally reported state rankings of teacher compensation often do not provide sufficient and reliable information needed to compare Florida teacher pay to teacher pay in other states.
  • Teacher compensation levels vary significantly among school districts, even after adjusting for teacher characteristics and regional economic and demographic characteristics.  By far, the most significant factors influencing a teacher’s pay are the number of years of teaching experience and educational attainment.
  • After adjusting for the number of days worked per year, Florida's teacher salary levels compare favorably to the salaries of psychologists, registered nurses, accountants, librarians, and police officers.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Public Schools (K-12 Education)
Education System
Certification and Professional Development

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-11 Some Progress Achieved in Addressing Factors Contributing to Teacher Attrition, published in February 2009.
  • Report No. 07-19 Dissatisfaction with School Governance, Student Behavior, Parent Support, and Career Opportunities Lead to Teacher Attrition, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 07-02 17 School Districts Offered Differentiated Pay Policies to Support Staffing Needs During 2005-06 School Year, published in January 2007.
  • Report No. 07-01 Restrictive District Requirements Limited Participation in Performance Pay Systems, published in January 2007.
  • Report No. 01-22 Justification Review: Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Public Education Program, published in April 2001.

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