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Calculator: How Much Does Teacher Turnover Cost You?

Professional Growth

Of all the districts facing a teacher shortage, 34% say it’s because they have an issue with teacher turnover. You know what that means: you have to go searching for new talent each year.

In fact, every year, 16% of all teachers leave their school (and new teachers and EL teachers are twice as likely to leave!). [1] Half leave the teaching profession entirely, half go to another school.

That doesn’t just mean extra time-consuming work to advertise, screen candidates, conduct interviews, hire and onboard new teachers. This issue can hit your budget — hard.

Just how hard? We’ve put together a handy calculator to help you put a dollar figure on how much you could save if you increased teacher retention.

Get a handle on how much turnover costs you each year.

1. How Many Teachers?

How many teachers work in your school or district? Enter your numbers in the fields below.

How many teachers leave your school or district each year? If you don’t know, enter your best estimate.

2. Cost of Hiring


How much do you spend on recruiting per teaching position? (Advertising on job boards, flyers, attending/traveling to job fairs, etc.)


How much do you spend on processing and onboarding each new teacher?

How much is your signing bonus for new teachers? If there is no signing bonus, enter zero.

Your Results

Your school system’s retention rate is:

Every year, turnover costs your school system:

How Much Could You Save?

If you increased your retention rate by…
1%  you would save    every year.
3%  you would save    every year.
5%  you would save    every year.
10%  you would save    every year.

*Auto-filled figures are based on estimates from the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future

Supportive Leadership Reduces Teacher Turnover

A 2012 study found that school and district leadership is one of the biggest factors in teacher retention: 68% of teachers said that supportive leadership is crucial to their decision to stay at a given school.

Other factors they said were important? Professional development that is relevant to personal and school goals, providing time for teachers to collaborate with each other, and evaluations based on multiple measures.

We’ve put together a page full of resources: articles, eBooks, podcasts, polls and quizzes, and case studies. They’re all designed to spark ideas and conversations among you and your staff as you invest in their continual growth.

Get Resources for Continuous Improvement  

[1] Sutcher, L., Darling-Hammond, L., & Carver-Thomas, D. (2016). A coming crisis in teaching? Teacher supply, demand, and shortages in the U.S.. Palo Alto, CA: Learning Policy Institute

Ryan Estes

Ryan is managing editor for the global award-winning creative team at Frontline Education. He spends his time writing, podcasting, and creating content for leaders in K-12 education.