News Release Information

13-2023-BOS

Friday, October 25, 2013

Contacts

Technical information:
Media contact:

Occupational Employment and Wages for Teachers in Connecticut's Metropolitan Areas – May 2012

Four of the six metropolitan areas in Connecticut—Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Danbury, Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, and New Haven—had wages significantly above the national average for secondary, middle, and elementary school teachers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Deborah A. Brown noted that except for elementary school teachers in Norwich-New London, every metropolitan area in Connecticut had wages that were significantly above that for the nation in each of the three selected occupations for which data were available. Nationwide, the average (mean) wage was $57,770 for secondary school teachers, $56,280 for middle school teachers, and $56,130 for elementary school teachers. (See table A. For comprehensive definitions of metropolitan areas in Connecticut, please see Technical Note.)

Table A. Average (mean) annual wages for secondary, middle, and elementary school teachers in the United States and metropolitan areas in Connecticut, May 2012
Area Secondary School Middle School Elementary School

United States

$57,770 $56,280 $56,130

Connecticut

67,370* 68,190* 67,070*

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk

72,150* 73,040* 70,760*

Danbury

68,720* 69,330* 67,800*

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford

65,450* 65,810* 67,350*

New Haven

68,590* 69,620* 65,210*

Norwich-New London

65,400* 65,140* 59,620*

Waterbury

62,360* 65,220* --

* The mean annual wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

 

-- Estimate not released.

 

 

The Hartford and Bridgeport areas each had an employment level of more than 10,000 in the three selected teaching occupations combined. New Haven was the only other metropolitan area in the state where combined employment in the three occupations exceeded 5,000. (See table B.)

Table B. Employment for secondary, middle, and elementary school teachers in the United States and metropolitan areas in Connecticut, May 2012
Area Secondary School Middle School Elementary School

United States

959,770 620,900 1,360,380

Connecticut

14,230 9,940 16,150

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk

3,890 2,660 4,520

Danbury

490 380 800

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford

4,230 2,810 5,230

New Haven

2,370 1,750 2,050

Norwich-New London

840 690 1,310

Waterbury

860 520 810

Wages for secondary school teachers in metropolitan areas in Connecticut
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, at $72,150, was the highest-paying area in Connecticut for secondary school teachers. Danbury and New Haven were also among the higher-paying areas for secondary school teachers at $68,720 and $68,590, respectively. Wages in the state’s three other metropolitan areas ranged from $65,450 to $62,360. The average annual wage in each of the six areas was measurably above the national average of $57,770.

Wages for middle school teachers in metropolitan areas in Connecticut
Three of Connecticut’s metropolitan areas had wages for middle school teachers that exceeded the national average by more than $10,000—Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk ($73,040), New Haven ($69,620), and Danbury ($69,330). Wages for this occupation in the Bridgeport metropolitan area were the highest in the state, while wages for the additional five metropolitan areas had wages for middle school teachers that were significantly above the national average of $56,280.

Wages for elementary school teachers in metropolitan areas in Connecticut
As with the other two teaching occupations, Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, at $70,760, was the highest-paying area for which data were available for elementary school teachers in the state. Danbury ($67,800), Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford ($67,350), and New Haven ($65,210) joined Bridgeport in recording wages that were significantly higher than the national average of $56,130. Wages for elementary school teachers in the Norwich-New London area were not significantly different from the national average.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the Connecticut Department of Labor.

The OES wage data for secondary, middle, and elementary school teachers in the state and metropolitan areas were compared to their respective national averages based on statistical significance testing. Only those occupations with wages above or below the national wage after testing for significance at the 90-percent confidence level meet the criteria.

NOTE:  A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.

Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are also surveyed, but their data are not included in the national estimates. OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Each year, forms are mailed to two semiannual panels of approximately 200,000 establishments in May and the other in November. May 2012 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, November 2010, May 2010, and November 2009. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 76.6 percent based on establishments and 72.9 percent based on employment. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

With the release of the May 2012 estimates, OES data are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system for the first time. The OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and more than 800 detailed occupations for the nation, states, metropolitan statistical areas, metropolitan divisions, and nonmetropolitan areas. In addition, employment and wage estimates for 94 minor groups and 458 broad occupations are available in the national data for the first time. Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc.

The May 2012 OES estimates are the first to be produced using the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2012 NAICS is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone:  202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339.

Metropolitan area definitions
The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn. Metropolitan Statistical Area  includes Ansonia city, Bridgeport city, Darien town, Derby city, Easton town, Fairfield town, Greenwich town, Milford city, Monroe town, New Canaan town, Newtown town, Norwalk city, Oxford town, Redding town, Ridgefield town, Seymour town, Shelton city, Southbury town, Stamford city, Stratford town, Trumbull town, Weston town, Westport town, Wilton town, and Woodbridge town.

The Danbury, Conn. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Bethel town, Bridgewater town, Brookfield town, Danbury city, New Fairfield town, New Milford town, and Sherman town.

The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Conn. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Andover town, Ashford town, Avon town, Barkhamsted town, Berlin town, Bloomfield town, Bolton town, Bristol city, Burlington town, Canton town, Colchester town, Columbia town, Coventry town, Cromwell town, East Granby town, East Haddam town, East Hampton town, East Hartford town, Ellington town, Farmington town, Glastonbury town, Granby town, Haddam town, Hartford city, Hartland town, Harwinton town, Hebron town, Lebanon town, Manchester town, Mansfield town, Marlborough town, Middlefield town, Middletown city, New Britain city, New Hartford town, Newington town, Plainville town, Plymouth town, Portland town, Rocky Hill town, Simsbury town, South Windsor town, Southington town, Stafford town, Thomaston town, Tolland town, Union town, Vernon town, West Hartford town, Wethersfield town, Willington town, and Windsor town.


The New Haven, Conn. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Bethany town, Branford town, Cheshire town, Chester town, Clinton town, Deep River town, Durham town, East Haven town, Essex town, Guilford town, Hamden town, Killingworth town, Madison town, Meriden city, New Haven city, North Branford town, North Haven town, Old Saybrook town, Orange town, Wallingford town, West Haven city, and Westbrook town.

The Norwich-New London, Conn. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Bozrah town, Canterbury town, East Lyme town, Franklin town, Griswold town, Groton town, Ledyard town, Lisbon town, Lyme town, Montville town, New London city, North Stonington town, Norwich city, Old Lyme town, Preston town, Salem town, Sprague town, Stonington town, Voluntown town, Waterford town, CT, and Westerly town.

The Waterbury, Conn. Metropolitan Statistical Area  includes Beacon Falls town, Middlebury town, Naugatuck borough, Prospect town, Waterbury city, Watertown town, and Wolcott town.

Last Modified Date: October 25, 2013