Michigan public school teachers, among the nation's highest paid, comprise the lowest percentage of total public education employees of any state. (See chart at right.)
Data from the U. S. Department of Education, the Education Intelligence Agency, Forbes magazine, and the National Center for Education Statistics show that non-teachers make up 54.8 percent of the state's public education employees. Michigan is one of seven states with more non-teachers than teachers. The national non-teacher average is 47.9 percent.
In Michigan, 40.2 percent of public education system staff are at the district level or other offices, apart from day-to-day contact with students.