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Per Pupil Spending by State 2020

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.

Here are the 10 states with the highest per pupil spending:

  1. New York ($23,091)
  2. Connecticut ($19,322)
  3. New Jersey ($18,920)
  4. Vermont ($18,290)
  5. Alaska ($17,838)
  6. Wyoming ($16,537)
  7. Massachusetts ($16,197)
  8. Rhode Island ($15,943)
  9. Pennsylvania ($15,798)
  10. New Hampshire ($15,683)

Per Pupil Spending by State 2020

State Amount Spent Per Pupil
New York$23,091
Connecticut$19,322
New Jersey$18,920
Vermont$18,290
Alaska$17,838
Wyoming$16,537
Massachusetts$16,197
Rhode Island$15,943
Pennsylvania$15,798
New Hampshire$15,683
Illinois$15,337
Delaware$15,302
Maryland$14,848
Hawaii$14,322
North Dakota$13,760
Maine$13,690
Minnesota$12,647
Ohio$12,645
Nebraska$12,579
California$12,143
Washington$11,989
Wisconsin$11,968
Michigan$11,907
Virginia$11,886
West Virginia$11,554
Iowa$11,461
Montana$11,443
Oregon$11,264
Louisiana$11,199
Kansas$10,961
South Carolina$10,590
Missouri$10,589
Georgia$10,205
Kentucky$10,121
Indiana$10,045
Arkansas$9,967
South Dakota$9,939
New Mexico$9,881
Colorado$9,809
Alabama$9,511
Texas$9,375
Nevada$9,320
Tennessee$9,184
Florida$9,075
North Carolina$9,072
Mississippi$8,771
Arizona$8,003
Oklahoma$7,940
Idaho$7,486
Utah$7,179