Per Pupil Spending By State 2019

Per pupil spending is the amount spent on education per student. According to the US Census Bureau, the amount spent per pupil for public elementary and secondary education increased by 3.7% during the 2017 fiscal year, making the fifth consecutive year of increased spending in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Public school spending varies greatly in different states and depends on several factors. One factor is the money that the schools are allocated, which directly correlates with how much the schools spend on students. Higher teacher salaries and benefits also lead to higher per pupil spending, among a number of other factors.

For most states, instructional employee salaries and benefits account for at least half of the total per pupil spending. Administrative expenses and support staff also account for some of the spending.

New York has the highest per pupil spending of all of the 50 states. New York currently spends $23,091 per pupil, approximately 90% above the national average.

Utah has the lowest per pupil spending of $7,179 per student.

Below is a table with the per pupil spending in every state.

State Amount Spent Per Pupil 2019 Pop.
Utah$7,1793,221,610
Idaho$7,4861,790,182
Oklahoma$7,9403,948,950
Arizona$8,0037,275,070
Mississippi$8,7712,987,895
North Carolina$9,07210,497,741
Florida$9,07521,646,155
Tennessee$9,1846,833,793
Nevada$9,3203,087,025
Texas$9,37529,087,070
Alabama$9,5114,898,246
Colorado$9,8095,770,545
New Mexico$9,8812,096,034
South Dakota$9,939892,631
Arkansas$9,9673,026,412
Indiana$10,0456,718,616
Kentucky$10,1214,484,047
Georgia$10,20510,627,767
Missouri$10,5896,147,861
South Carolina$10,5905,147,111
Kansas$10,9612,910,931
Louisiana$11,1994,652,581
Oregon$11,2644,245,901
Montana$11,4431,074,532
Iowa$11,4613,167,997
West Virginia$11,5541,791,951
Virginia$11,8868,571,946
Michigan$11,90710,020,472
Wisconsin$11,9685,832,661
Washington$11,9897,666,343
California$12,14339,747,267
Nebraska$12,5791,940,919
Ohio$12,64511,718,568
Minnesota$12,6475,655,925
Maine$13,6901,342,097
North Dakota$13,760760,900
Hawaii$14,3221,416,589
Maryland$14,8486,062,917
Delaware$15,302975,033
Illinois$15,33712,700,381
New Hampshire$15,6831,363,852
Pennsylvania$15,79812,813,969
Rhode Island$15,9431,056,738
Massachusetts$16,1976,939,373
Wyoming$16,537572,381
Alaska$17,838735,720
Vermont$18,290627,180
New Jersey$18,9208,922,547
Connecticut$19,3223,567,871
District of Columbia$21,974711,571
New York$23,09119,491,339