How to Use the Buckeye Institute’s Search Tools for Teacher Salary and School Data

If you visit the Buckeye Institute’s website (link), you will note several search tools on the left column.  One is for Teacher Salary (link) and another for School Data (link).

If you click the Teacher Salary icon, a screen comes up that allows you to plug in items about which you’d like to search.

  • One easy search is to leave the “Last Name,” “First Name,” and “Building Name” blank.
  • Select the School District Name (of your choice).
  • Select the year about which you would like information (i.e. 2011).
  • An interesting search is to start the “Salary Range” from $70,000 and leave the high-end range blank. This will yield the results for salaried employees in the district earning $70,000 and above. Most search results  include administrators and staff as well as salaries for teachers.
  • The Buckeye site disclaims that, “All data contained in this (their) database comes from the State of Ohio. Any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies are contained in the original data provided by the State of Ohio.”

It may help to use a separate spreadsheet to plug-in and crunch some of the numbers.  Take a look at the data below from 2011.  Note: salary numbers do NOT include pension and benefits.

Batavia Local Schools 2011:

22 salaried employees earned above $70,000
$79,947 was the average income of those earning above $70,ooo
$1,758,843 was the total cost of $70,000+/year salary staff
$104,120, $98,954, $97,850 were the top three salaries
$32,404 was the median household income in the district (source)
View more numbers on Batavia Schoolshere.

Milford Exempted School District 2011:

143 salaried employees earned above $70,000
$77,789 was the average income of those earning above $70,ooo
$11,201,643 was the total cost of $70,000+/year staff
$110,000. $106,640, $102,375 were the top three salaries
$40,748 was the median household income in the district (source)
View more numbers on Milford School Districthere.

West Clermont School District 2011:

206 salaried employees earned above $70,000
$77,868 was the average income of those above $70,ooo
$16,040,979 was the total cost of $70,000+/year staff
$145,907, $133,947, $129,044 were the top three salaries
$34,045 was the median household income in district (source)
View more numbers on West Clermont Schools here.

Some questions you might ask:

  • Given the disparity between those who are paying (private sector) and those who are getting paid (public sector), how does the argument that “there’s just no where left to cut” hold up?
  • When, if ever, does the argument “there’s just nothing left to give” become a consideration?
  • How does the inflation-in-education argument hold up given the fact the private sector expenses have also increased (i.e. food, fuel, healthcare, etc.). What about the impact of inflation for those on fixed incomes such as senior citizens?
  • How do the facts that most public sector pension and benefit packages are far richer than private sector counterparts impact these numbers?
  • Though it is apples and oranges to compare a median household income (even after deductions) to an individual salary,  in many cases, wouldn’t such a comparison tend give the public sector employee a more favorable view?

Try similar searches based on particular building “types” using the Buckeye Institute’s School Data search tool.

  • For Building Name type in “Elementary School”, “Middle School”, or “High School”.
  • Select District Name (i.e. West Clermont Local)
  • Select Year (i.e. 2009-2010)
  • Leave Enrollment blank.


5 responses to “How to Use the Buckeye Institute’s Search Tools for Teacher Salary and School Data

  1. Your comments (1. and 2.) aren’t arguments I agree with either. The free market should set the price of teacher salaries, not the coercive force of government through taxes and the twisted bullying mechanism of levy fatigue. Still no concern or answer for the seniors and those others suffering in the economy? Sock it to ’em?

    Also, so the facts can be misleading? Baloney. Platitudes and emotional arguments about how it’s all “for the kids” are what are misleading. Teachers unions aren’t about the kids. It is time people said so. Don’t believe it, watch this video:

  2. So lets turn the situation around. This is always interesting to think about.
    You are saying that teachers are overpaid because the citizens in the district they teach in make significantly less than the teachers do. This data does use median income, which can be misleading.
    If that is true, what also must be true is:
    1. Districts that have a higher median income should pay their teachers more.
    2. When the median income of residents go up so should the teacher’s median income.
    I don’t agree with either of these two statements. I also think teacher salaries and benefits should be evaluated. There are all sorts of flaws in the evaluation when you are comparing teacher and resident income data. There are better ways to solve this problem rather than use this data.
    Not to be insulting…
    I LOVE IT! My original post was just a short blast to watch you react (squirm). I had fun reading your post. Now thinking about it, I was certainly a bit of a troll.

  3. Teacher pay increases have outpaced residents’ median household incomes in West Clermont by 26% in ten years (2001 – 2011). (Note that’s a median household versus the singular income of a teacher.)

    Though the school district had a 4.6% decrease in student population between 2001 and 2011, the district’s overall expenditures are up 43.7% in ten years.


    If you click to that source, you will also see that the income disparity is much greater in West Clermont than it is in other districts such as Milford or Batavia.

    This is the opposite of an Obamaesque income redistribution argument. In the US, almost half the people don’t pay any income taxes while the top 10% of earners pay over 70% of the total receipts. Whether or not this is “fair” is a subject for another post.

    In the case of the school district, however, you have low income private sector workers subsidizing high income public sector workrs through the force of property taxes. This is not the same as a doctor or lawyer or company whose products are purchased with some element of choice on the part of the buyer.

    That the people are forced to pay is especially difficult for folks struggling in this economy and/or living on fixed incomes.

    Isn’t it fascinating that the same liberals who say they are all about the poor and the downtrodden have no problem at all forcing seniors or others suffering in this economy to pay for the often egregious wages and benefits of public sector employees?

    Further, the argument that “schools have faced inflation” and that this justifies the endless call for more and more money from the taxpayers is also suspect. What about the private sector citizens (i.e. taxpayers)who have seen increases in food, energy, and healthcare just like school districts or other public sector entities? Should they lose a decade due to a broken economy and still be expected to keep paying more? Who cries for them?

    Not to be insulting, but a bit more intelligence displayed in the other comments here might be make this a more interesting and productive conversation.

    Is this really the best you can do?

  4. Communities are lucky to have doctors, lawyers, engineers who pay taxes on their homes, incomes, businesses and pay a higher share than the rest for those teachers,police and public services we all enjoy.

  5. Those lawyers, doctors, engineers and those working at TQL are making too much money also! They all make far more than the average salary in Clermont county. We should really expect them to take pay cuts so that they make as much money as everyone else.

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