We’ve looked before at national trends. But what about a specific city? One that lends its name to a great Sufjan Stevens song? Like, say, Chicago?

Chicago teachers' starting salary - over time

The windy city has seen a surprising amount of year-to-year and decade-to-decade variation. The starting salary peaked above $50,000, and bottomed out close to $30,000.

Source: Chicago Magazine

Disclaimers: Adjusting for inflation is always a tricky, messy game. And this doesn’t account for real changes in other professions’ pay.