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January 23, 2009

Just the Facts

The Manhattan Institute has created an incredible new website called SeeThroughNY.  "It's designed to become the hub of a statewide network through which taxpayers can share, analyze and compare data from counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts and public authorities throughout New York."

How did they get this data?  They filed a very large number of "Freedom of Information Act" requests and went through the sometimes-painstaking process of getting the various municipalities and agencies to comply. 

Using their data, I was able to calculate some basic statistics related to teacher compensation at traditional public schools in New York City.

There are 66,402 general education teachers at traditional public schools in NYC.  The average annual salary is $69,762.  The median salary is about the same: $69,901.  Here is a simple frequency table:

             Low              High        Count             %
$130,000 $131,000 4 0.01%
$120,000 $130,000 0 0.00%
$110,000 $120,000 11 0.02%
$100,000 $110,000 4936 7.43%
$90,000 $100,000 3095 4.66%
$80,000 $90,000 7787 11.73%
$70,000 $80,000 14144 21.30%
$60,000 $70,000 13874 20.89%
$50,000 $60,000 15309 23.06%
$40,000 $50,000 7241 10.90%
$30,000 $40,000 1 0.00%


Note that these figures are just base salaries.  They do not include any part of the controversial benefits packages that teachers receive. 




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