Below is a chart showing the average salaries for public school teachers in all of the Erie and Niagara county school districts.
The information, provided by the Empire Center for Public Policy and based on state data, accompanies a media release indicating that from 2008-09 to 2012-13, the statewide median teacher salary rose by 10 percent -- and the median for downstate suburban districts increased almost twice as much.
In Erie County, the average public school teacher's salary for 2012-13 was $62,510. In Niagara County, the average was $64,520.
In Buffalo, where a new teacher contract hasn't been adopted in a decade, teacher salaries have lagged behind other other districts in the region, though the lower wages for city teachers are offset somewhat by the fact that many teachers receive fully covered health benefits. Blank spots in the chart indicate where state data is missing.
-- Sandra Tan