New data from the U.S. Department of Education suggest that, when adjusting for inflation, teacher pay has held steady from 1990 to 2020.
Mountain States’ average teacher pay has — with one exception — been below the national average. Pay in Colorado, Nevada and Arizona neared the U.S. in 1990 but has since decreased. On the other hand, pay has increased in others, including Utah. (And New Mexico skyrocketed from 2019 to 2020.) However, Utah teacher pay is still near the bottom end of the Mountain States and at the lower end of the spectrum, nationally.
Note: The data in this figure are from 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010, 2019 and 2020, adjusted for inflation.
Source: US DOE, Institute of Education Sciences, Digest of Education Statistics 2020, https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d20/tables/dt20_211.60.asp
Read the Utah Foundation’s 2019 report, Apples to Apples? How Teacher Pay in Utah Stacks up to the Competition for teacher pay insights.
You can see all of the content for the Digest of Education Statistics 2020, here: https://nces.ed.gov/programs/