Emily Badger has much more here, including a look at which public school districts spend the most per pupil.
Of course, there are a few things to keep in mind. For one thing, the salary information doesn’t factor in cost of living adjustments; these obviously matter, because a teacher in New York is going to be paid more than a teacher in Nevada. (This map shows you how much teachers are paid state by state.)
In addition, as Emily notes in her post, spending alone doesn’t determine the quality of education. There are a wide variety of factors that can determine this, and funding — while important in terms of resources, technology, various supplies and staff size — is just one part of that. Still, underfunded districts face particular challenges, as Valerie Strauss’s post from earlier in the week explains.
Nationwide, an average of $10,608 was spent per student in 2012. That’s slightly down from the $10,615 average in 2010 and up from the $10,259 average in 2008.
Head to Wonkblog for more on these numbers.