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States spending the most & least per student on education

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    States spending the most & least per student on education

    People have been hearing the same narrative for years now: the cost of higher education is on the rise. You’d think that as colleges face more applications they’d be able to lower their costs, but the reality is only a small number of prospective students can afford the steep price tags of the average private four-year university - and it’s up to colleges to lure them in.

    With higher education becoming increasingly competitive, expensive, and generally stressful, many parents wonder how well their children are being prepared for the application process. Some spend thousands in private tutoring that focuses on standardized tests and college essays, a luxury the majority can’t afford. When many can’t throw excess finances at their child’s preparation, the question is raised of how much a state is able to put towards education.

    At Stacker, we evaluated U.S. Census data to determine which states put the most towards their primary and secondary education systems. We ranked the states by the most they spent per pupil in the year of 2015 (the most recent year available) and included breakdowns such as pupil support provided per student to show you exactly what public funds are put towards.

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    #51: Utah

    Total spent per pupil: $6,575

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $3,875

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $1,839

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $243

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $263

    General administrative costs per pupil: $64

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    #50: Idaho

    Total spent per pupil: $6,923

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $4,139

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $1,495

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $389

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $328

    General administrative costs per pupil: $152

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    #49: Arizona

    Total spent per pupil: $7,489

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $4,467

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $1,413

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $593

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $409

    General administrative costs per pupil: $106

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    #48: Oklahoma

    Total spent per pupil: $8,082

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $4,480

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $1,523

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $551

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $319

    General administrative costs per pupil: $237

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    #47: Mississippi

    Total spent per pupil: $8,456

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $4,980

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $1,706

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $430

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $395

    General administrative costs per pupil: $275

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    #46: Nevada

    Total spent per pupil: $8,615

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,144

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,041

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $458

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $517

    General administrative costs per pupil: $112

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    #45: North Carolina

    Total spent per pupil: $8,687

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,466

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $1,837

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $470

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $280

    General administrative costs per pupil: $95

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    #44: Tennessee

    Total spent per pupil: $8,726

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,200

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $1,726

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $402

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $533

    General administrative costs per pupil: $192

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    #43: Texas

    Total spent per pupil: $8,861

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $6,047

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $1,059

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $451

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $461

    General administrative costs per pupil: $133

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    #42: Florida

    Total spent per pupil: $8,881

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,046

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $1,561

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $388

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $572

    General administrative costs per pupil: $80

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    #41: South Dakota

    Total spent per pupil: $8,937

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,373

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $1,566

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $493

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $332

    General administrative costs per pupil: $313

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    #40: Alabama

    Total spent per pupil: $9,128

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,139

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,073

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $548

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $391

    General administrative costs per pupil: $245

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    #39: Colorado

    Total spent per pupil: $9,245

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,827

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $1,614

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $467

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $569

    General administrative costs per pupil: $151

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    #38: Georgia

    Total spent per pupil: $9,427

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,703

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,031

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $447

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $490

    General administrative costs per pupil: $117

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    #37: Kentucky

    Total spent per pupil: $9,630

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,858

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,355

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $456

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $545

    General administrative costs per pupil: $249

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    #36: Indiana

    Total spent per pupil: $9,687

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,337

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,889

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $471

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $374

    General administrative costs per pupil: $195

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    #35: Arkansas

    Total spent per pupil: $9,694

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,717

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $1,630

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $510

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $821

    General administrative costs per pupil: $226

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    #34: New Mexico

    Total spent per pupil: $9,752

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,634

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $1,980

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $946

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $249

    General administrative costs per pupil: $194

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    #33: South Carolina

    Total spent per pupil: $9,953

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,801

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,074

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $804

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $618

    General administrative costs per pupil: $97

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    #32: Kansas

    Total spent per pupil: $10,040

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,911

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $1,831

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $520

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $401

    General administrative costs per pupil: $241

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    #31: Missouri

    Total spent per pupil: $10,147

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $6,322

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $1,931

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $465

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $463

    General administrative costs per pupil: $356

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    #30: Oregon

    Total spent per pupil: $10,442

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,422

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $3,109

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $753

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $416

    General administrative costs per pupil: $144

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    #29: California

    Total spent per pupil: $10,467

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $6,203

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,401

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $574

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $613

    General administrative costs per pupil: $100

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    #28: Washington

    Total spent per pupil: $10,735

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $6,435

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,317

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $727

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $800

    General administrative costs per pupil: $117

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    #27: Iowa

    Total spent per pupil: $10,944

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $6,936

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,309

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $631

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $579

    General administrative costs per pupil: $280

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    #26: Louisiana

    Total spent per pupil: $11,010

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,924

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $3,046

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $680

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $582

    General administrative costs per pupil: $286

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    #25: Montana

    Total spent per pupil: $11,028

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $6,371

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $1,972

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $725

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $415

    General administrative costs per pupil: $360

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    #24: Virginia

    Total spent per pupil: $11,237

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $6,982

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,751

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $568

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $729

    General administrative costs per pupil: $180

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    #23: West Virginia

    Total spent per pupil: $11,359

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $6,274

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $3,135

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $569

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $517

    General administrative costs per pupil: $210

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    #22: Wisconsin

    Total spent per pupil: $11,375

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $6,353

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,816

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $566

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $601

    General administrative costs per pupil: $327

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    #21: Michigan

    Total spent per pupil: $11,482

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $5,775

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $3,568

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $923

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $572

    General administrative costs per pupil: $190

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    #20: Ohio

    Total spent per pupil: $11,637

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $6,893

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,663

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $799

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $514

    General administrative costs per pupil: $337

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    #19: Nebraska

    Total spent per pupil: $11,946

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $6,935

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,385

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $555

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $375

    General administrative costs per pupil: $344

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    #18: Minnesota

    Total spent per pupil: $11,949

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $7,486

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,521

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $342

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $594

    General administrative costs per pupil: $424

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    #17: Hawaii

    Total spent per pupil: $12,855

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $7,178

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,803

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $1,239

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $446

    General administrative costs per pupil: $70

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    #16: Maine

    Total spent per pupil: $13,257

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $7,853

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $3,345

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $936

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $681

    General administrative costs per pupil: $481

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    #15: North Dakota

    Total spent per pupil: $13,320

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $7,683

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,771

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $517

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $499

    General administrative costs per pupil: $562

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    #14: Illinois

    Total spent per pupil: $13,755

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $7,130

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $4,228

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $941

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $537

    General administrative costs per pupil: $536

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    #13: Delaware

    Total spent per pupil: $14,120

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $7,699

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $3,814

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $602

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $265

    General administrative costs per pupil: $152

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    #12: Maryland

    Total spent per pupil: $14,192

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $8,377

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $3,754

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $669

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $749

    General administrative costs per pupil: $135

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    #11: New Hampshire

    Total spent per pupil: $14,697

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $8,052

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $3,608

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $1,145

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $471

    General administrative costs per pupil: $529

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    #10: Pennsylvania

    Total spent per pupil: $14,717

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $7,718

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $4,179

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $807

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $507

    General administrative costs per pupil: $433

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    #9: Rhode Island

    Total spent per pupil: $15,179

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $8,860

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $4,048

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $1,709

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $557

    General administrative costs per pupil: $203

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    #8: Massachusetts

    Total spent per pupil: $15,592

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $9,585

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $3,695

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $1,233

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $889

    General administrative costs per pupil: $212

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    #7: Wyoming

    Total spent per pupil: $16,055

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $9,495

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $4,041

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $940

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $907

    General administrative costs per pupil: $328

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    #6: Vermont

    Total spent per pupil: $18,039

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $10,270

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $4,425

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $1,506

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $838

    General administrative costs per pupil: $40

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    #5: New Jersey

    Total spent per pupil: $18,235

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $10,557

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $4,646

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $1,997

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $596

    General administrative costs per pupil: $371

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    #4: Connecticut

    Total spent per pupil: $18,377

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $10,265

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $5,128

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $1,203

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $580

    General administrative costs per pupil: $420

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    #3: District of Columbia

    Total spent per pupil: $19,396

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $13,497

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $2,486

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $774

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $1,443

    General administrative costs per pupil: $2,170

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    #2: Alaska

    Total spent per pupil: $20,172

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $8,245

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $7,765

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $1,638

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $1,396

    General administrative costs per pupil: $276

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    #1: New York

    Total spent per pupil: $21,206

    Salaries and wages paid per pupil: $11,529

    Employee benefits paid per pupil: $6,256

    Pupil support provided per pupil: $652

    Instructional staff support provided per pupil: $529

    General administrative costs per pupil: $339

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