In autumn of 2008, 83.9 million people in the United States – more than 1 in 4 in a nation with a total population of 304 million – were either enrolled in or employed by public and private schools and colleges. Of these, approximately 74.1 million were students, 4.6 million employed as teachers, faculty or other teaching staff, and 5.2 million were employed as administrators or other non-teaching staff .
These, and numerous other useful and interesting statistical facts summarizing the state of American education are available in the March release of the pocket-book sized Mini-Digest of Education Statistics 2008 (also available as a 77-page pdf document) produced by the Institute of Education Sciences of the National Center for Education Statistics (an agency of the US Department of Education). The text offers a broad range of informative data concerning the full spectrum of American education from kindergarten through graduate school.
For more information on this and related topics, visit the IES website.