Lifestyle Back to school by the numbers: How much parents spend on supplies Back to school shopping will leave parents spending hundreds, according to the Rubicon Project. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr. By Meredith Deliso email@example.com @themerryness Updated August 17, 2016 5:24 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Back to school is a multi-billion-dollar industry — $40 billion, in fact, according to the Rubicon Project. Here’s how it all adds up. COST PER STUDENT Here’s a look at what parents expect to spend this school year on supplies, according to the Huntington Bank Backpack Index: $658.82 — elementary school student $956.77 — middle school student $1,497.87 — high school student TECH ON THE RISE One of the big ticket items, of course, is tech. This year, parents plan to spend on average $505 on computers/laptops, tablets, phones or other mobile devices, according to the American Express Spending and Saving Tracker — up from $466 last year. That compares to $138 for school supplies. According to the study, 92% of parents reported that their children are using tech for learning, compared to 82% in 2015. TEACHERS, TOO Parents aren’t the only ones opening up their wallets. According to SheerID and Agile Education Marketing, K-12 teachers spent on average $487 of their own money on supplies for the 2015-16 school year. By Meredith Deliso firstname.lastname@example.org @themerryness Meredith has been a features editor with amNewYork since 2013, covering dining, health, travel and books. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.