# Back to School By-the-Numbers

We do the math on the cost of going back to school.
August 24, 2009
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From kindergartners to grad students, roughly 76 million Americans are heading back to the classroom this month--but not before they hit the mall. According to the National Retail Federation, parents shell out a whopping \$54.1 billion on back-to-school gear, making it a retail season second only to Christmas. The economic downturn has taken a bite out of that apple, but deep discounts and tax holidays may give this season a boost. We'll do the math:

1%-How much retail sales are expected to grow during the 2009 back-to-school season

\$3.7 billion-How much parents will spend on new school shoes

\$594.24- The average amount spent on back-to-school stuff for each child

3,800,000,000- The number of wooden pencils sold per year

\$11.60 per hour- How much the lunch lady takes home (plus Sloppy Joes)

25%- Percentage of college students majoring in business, despite it all

\$50,758- The average teacher's salary in the U.S.

15- The number of states offering back-to-school sales tax holidays