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.

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

Per Pupil Spending By State 2020

State Amount Spent Per Pupil 2020 Pop.
Utah$7,1793,282,115
Idaho$7,4861,826,156
Oklahoma$7,9403,954,821
Arizona$8,0037,378,494
Mississippi$8,7712,989,260
North Carolina$9,07210,611,862
Florida$9,07521,992,985
Tennessee$9,1846,897,576
Nevada$9,3203,139,658
Texas$9,37529,472,295
Alabama$9,5114,908,621
Colorado$9,8095,845,526
New Mexico$9,8812,096,640
South Dakota$9,939903,027
Arkansas$9,9673,038,999
Indiana$10,0456,745,354
Kentucky$10,1214,499,692
Georgia$10,20510,736,059
Missouri$10,5896,169,270
South Carolina$10,5905,210,095
Kansas$10,9612,910,357
Louisiana$11,1994,645,184
Oregon$11,2644,301,089
Montana$11,4431,086,759
Iowa$11,4613,179,849
West Virginia$11,5541,778,070
Virginia$11,8868,626,207
Michigan$11,90710,045,029
Wisconsin$11,9685,851,754
Washington$11,9897,797,095
California$12,14339,937,489
Nebraska$12,5791,952,570
Ohio$12,64511,747,694
Minnesota$12,6475,700,671
Maine$13,6901,345,790
North Dakota$13,760761,723
Hawaii$14,3221,412,687
Maryland$14,8486,083,116
Delaware$15,302982,895
Illinois$15,33712,659,682
New Hampshire$15,6831,371,246
Pennsylvania$15,79812,820,878
Rhode Island$15,9431,056,161
Massachusetts$16,1976,976,597
Wyoming$16,537567,025
Alaska$17,838734,002
Vermont$18,290628,061
New Jersey$18,9208,936,574
Connecticut$19,3223,563,077
District of Columbia$21,974720,687
New York$23,09119,440,469