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My aim is to determine whether teacher salaries in all 50 of the United States over between 2013 and 2023—adjusted for inflation and the cost of living—differ significantly. I would like to ask what the wisest approach might be to modify unadjusted teacher salary averages (there is one average for each state) to account for these effects.

Afterwards, I would like to graph these modified salaries for a few of these states and examine whether changes in revenue receipts within all schools in a particular state leads to a significant difference in average salaries.

I am open to your insight on how I might best tweak teachers’ salaries to account for these effects and things I ought to consider when graphing the relationship I’ve described. Please bear in mind that I am referring to information from the National Education Association, which sources from public schools.

Thank you!

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  • $\begingroup$ You want to adjust for inflation and cost-of-living using just the raw salaries and the mean state salary? $\endgroup$
    – m13op22
    Commented Jun 5, 2023 at 20:54
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, up to this point, I've gathered average salaries for teachers in every state over the past decade, divide the salary by the real value of a US dollar in each state, and compare percentage changes. I exectued this procedure today, and I discovered that my conclusions track with those made by others. Before I proceed with examining why certain states experienced a higher percentage change in teacher's salaries, is there anything I ought to keep in mind when drawing comparisons between states? $\endgroup$
    – Nazarene
    Commented Jun 6, 2023 at 20:59

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