The Wages of Teaching

borrowed from my alma mater


The Wages of Teaching. (Newsweek)

“The average new teacher today makes just under $30,000 a year, which may not look too bad for a twenty something with no mortgage and no kids. But soon enough the newbies realize that they can make more money and not work anywhere near as hard elsewhere. After a lifetime of hearing the old legends about cushy hours and summer vacations, they figure out that early mornings are for students who need extra help, evenings are for test corrections and lesson plans, and weekends and summers are for second and even third jobs to try to pay the bills.”


Teacher Pay, 1940-2000: Losing Ground, Losing Status. (NEA)

“An analysis of decennial Census data clearly shows that over the past 60 years the annual pay teachers receive has fallen sharply in relation to the annual pay of other workers with college degrees. The mid- to late 1990s, a period of vigorous national economic growth, was a particularly bad time for teacher pay relative to the pay of other occupations. Throughout the nation the average earnings of workers with at least four years of college are now over 50 percent higher than the average earnings of a teacher. At no other time since a college degree was required to teach has this wage gap been so wide.”


How Does Teacher Pay Compare? (The Economic Policy Institute)

“An analysis of weekly wage trends shows that teachers’ wages have fallen behind those of other workers since 1996, with teachers’ inflation-adjusted weekly wages rising just 0.8%, far less than the 12% weekly wage growth of other college graduates and of all workers.”


Teacher Pay Lags Behind. (The Economic Policy Institute)

“Over time, the wage gap between teachers and their peers becomes a gulf that can sabotage schools’ best efforts to recruit and retain the best teachers. . . . This gap puts teachers in an untenable position, where they have to choose between their students and their own families’ wellbeing.”


The Myths About Teaching. (NEA)

MYTH: Teachers have summers off.

FACT: Students have summers off. Teachers spend summers working second jobs, teaching summer school, and taking classes for certification renewal or to advance their careers.

+ Most full-time employees in the private sector receive training on company time at company expense, while many teachers spend the eight weeks of summer break earning college hours, at their own expense.

+ School begins in late August or early September, but teachers are back before the start of school and are busy stocking supplies, setting up their classrooms, and preparing for the year’s curriculum.”


About Gina Marie Thompson

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