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