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Elementary & Secondary Schools – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 8211  |  NAICS 611110

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

See the following sections listed below to view available resources by category:

For guides to other industries, see our index of over 400 industries.

Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Public Schools  (view report)
Private Schools  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Digest of Education Statistics

Statistical tables provide detailed information on elementary and secondary education, with topics covered by this publication including student enrollment and participation, school choice, parental involvement, personnel, teacher characteristics and salaries, student-teacher ratios, class sizes, computers and technology, academic achievement by subject categories, and student activities.

Rankings & Estimates

Part I of this report—Rankings—provides state-level data on topics relevant to public education such as enrollment and attendance, staffing, financial resources, governmental revenue and expenditures, and school revenue and expenditures, and Part II - Estimates provides projections for public school enrollment, employment, compensation, and finances provided by state departments of education.

U.S. Department of Education
Non-Public Education Statistics

Non-public education section provides summary information and references to more detailed data on private schools and home schooling, with detailed data available on private schools by type of school (e.g., Catholic, other religious, and nonsectarian), instructional level, program emphasis, school size based on number of students, geographic region, and locale (e.g., city, suburban, town, and rural).

Resources available from this organization include:

Facts At A Glance
Annual report provides summary statistical data for independent schools by NAIS membership status and national, state, regional, and local association affiliation, with data provided in the report including number of facilities, enrollment, admissions, financial aid, annual tuition by grade level and boarding arrangement, staff composition and salaries, income and expenses, and annual and capital giving.

Annual publication examines trends likely to affect independent schools over the next few years and includes references to the latest research resources for each topic, with topics covered in individual chapters including economic outlook, demographic trends, market outlook, enrollment, financial aid, tuition and budgets, philanthropy, equity and justice issues, human resources, and student wellness.

Annual Report on Catholic Schools

Annual report provides national data on Catholic schools for grades K-12, with topics covered in the report including student enrollment by grade level and region, average tuition and per student costs, student demographics, professional staff, faculty demographics, student-teacher ratios, distribution and location of facilities, school governance, and participation in government-sponsored programs.

Market Analysis

Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Elementary and Secondary Schools  Search for "611110"
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available free online.

Public / Private Schools
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of these reports provides an analysis of industry profit and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

Compensation data available from this organization includes:

Digest of Education Statistics: Chapter 2 - Teacher Salaries
Digest statistical tables provide average salaries for full-time teachers in public and private elementary and secondary schools by gender, age, race/ethnicity, years of full-time teaching experience, highest degree earned (e.g., bachelor's degree, master's degree, education specialist, and doctor's degree), instructional level (e.g., primary, secondary), state, and locale (e.g., city, suburban, town, and rural).

Digest of Education Statistics: Chapter 2 - Principals
Digest statistical tables provide information on highest degree earned (e.g., baccalaureate, master's, education specialist, and doctoral), average years of experience, and average salaries for principals in public and private elementary and secondary schools by gender, age, race/ethnicity, instructional level (e.g., elementary, secondary, and combined), and locale (e.g., city, suburban, town, and rural).

Facts At A Glance: Salaries

Annual report provides summary statistical data for independent schools by NAIS membership status and national, state, regional, and local association affiliation, with job positions covered in the salaries section including administrative (e.g., president, head, dean, and director), staff (e.g., clerical, kitchen, maintenance, technology, and security), and teaching personnel (e.g., teacher, assistant, and aide).

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