American Teachers Do More Work for Less Money than Their Peers

Courtesy of Good is is this infographic that highlights the significant pay and work gap between American teachers and their industrialized peers. You can see the original here or click on the infographic below for a larger image.

5 thoughts on “American Teachers Do More Work for Less Money than Their Peers

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  2. norm

    I finished an Ed degree back in 94, my best offer was $18,500, I was pulling down $50,000 in the steelmill at the time. I retired from the steelmill at age 52, three years ago. I had kids to feed and educate.
    Teaching would have been fun but it was far more work than pulling shifts in the iron house. When I walked out the gate at the mill, I was done for the 8 or 16 hours I had off, with teaching, it was the start of my planning day and grading chores. And the work load is only going to get worse in teaching in our near future.

    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      Thanks for the comment norm. I’ve been on this discussion with others for a while now. The issue isn’t that teachers should have just an influx of money for no reason. The reality is that teacher’s pay raises have not been commensurate with the cost of living, and the cost of training for a teaching credential has gone up significantly ($24,000 average student loans for a B.A., an additional $5,000-7,000 for a teaching credential, six months unpaid student teaching, and $1,200-2,000 out of pocket mandatory training out of pocket per year). Teaching is the only profession where they are paid less (in total money, not just compared to inflation rates) now than they were a decade ago. My state just approved more pay cuts for teachers and unpaid furloughs that can be issued without notice. It also used to be that the poorer pay as compensated by stronger benefits – lower rates on mortgages, solid health plan, a good pension (which teachers themselves paid into). Now those are stripped away. If we want to recruit the best and the brightest into teaching, then we need to compensate them fairly.
      I love my job. I love teaching and working with young people. I love passing on information to them. It’s my passion – you can see that all over my blog. I work in an independent school, so I have many added benefits and advantages that my public school colleagues do not have. For some reason, the new idea is that teachers should be dirt poor to fit some ideal of teaching. The mentality that teachers should leave hand to mouth, and poor as a school mouse due to some issue of a ‘higher calling’ is repugnant to me. No one suggests that Doctors should be dirt poor because they ‘help people’ or hell, that congress (they are also civil servants) should have their benefits and pay cut. Why are teachers the new whipping boys? Why are they suddenly scape-goated as lazy or over-compensated (when many are grossly under-paid and undervalued)?

      1. norm kwallek

        Basic politics: our country is in the thrall of the Republican party, they hate unions, most public teachers are in unions, hence,the policy of punishing teachers in the public marketplace. Do doctors for the most part support the Republican party? They are doing very well in the public marketplace.
        I live in Ohio, our state government is in state of siege against its teachers and their unions. I’ve been to the statehouse on one political issue or another many times over the years in my work as a union leader with the Steelworker’s union, my visits of late have been in support of the teachers and public workers. Never have I been able to count teachers or policemen in the protesters before, this was not the case this time around. There were thousands. Money and numbers are what drive our nation’s policy, We working stiffs will never have the money but we have always had the numbers, it is a matter of getting those numbers to vote together in our elections. See you at the polls.

      2. Jennifer Lockett Post author

        Actually, there are a lot of states without teacher unions (including my own). Interestingly, they tend to perform worse than those sans union.

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