What is the average annual immediate cost to taxpayers of employing each full-time public school teacher in the U.S.?
The national average immediate cost of employing a full-time public school teacher is $78,145, including salaries, bonuses, supplemental pay, and some benefits. This varies from a low of $55,000 in South Dakota to a high of $103,000 in New York. These figures do not include non-immediate costs like unfunded pension liabilities and post-employment benefits like health insurance. They also don't account for the fact that full-time public school teachers work an average of 1,490 hours per year, as compared to 2,045 hours per year for full-time private industry employees.