The graphic below contains data for each state from 1997-98 through 2016-17. Adjust the slider at the top to change the year. Hover your mouse over a state to see its average teacher salary and student-to-teacher ratio for public schools. Schools have tradeoffs each year between adjusting the level of their teacher salaries and the number of their teaching staff.
The graphic below shows changes in inflation-adjusted average teacher salary and the student-to-teacher ratio in California compared to the rest of the nation since 1997-98. California consistently has higher average teacher salaries and higher student-to-teacher ratios than the rest of the nation.