January 24th, 2013
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How Much Do Teachers Earn? Teacher’s Salary
Okay! You’ve sweated through college and got your B.A., or B.S. degree in Science, math, Social Studies, etc…. You’ve completed the training for Certification and passed the exam. So now, you can look forward to a lucrative career as a teacher….right? ( Click the box for the answer…. )
Wrong answer!….But thank you for playing…..If you are looking for a career that will pay you a lot of money…keep looking. The truth is, in the U.S., teachers only make about 65-80% of what other degreed professions pay, even under the best of circumstances. And most of the time, it will be be a lot less. Teachers aren’t paid anything near what they are worth.
So, What Kind Of Paycheck Can I Expect?
Average annual income for a new teacher is around $33,000.00. This is according to the latest reports from the U.S. Department of Labor. It may be a little irritating to think that the manager at the local McDonalds, who has diligently earned his GED, probably makes more than you. So does the clerk that sells you your car license tags at the courthouse.
It breaks down like this:
• Preschool and Kindergarten teachers will make as much as $41,000.00 a year in places like Philadelphia, Los Angeles, etc….but remember, the cost of living is much higher in these places as well. In other areas such as inner cities, rural districts, and some places in the South, the pay can be as low as $16,000.00 per year.
• Elementary teachers have the widest spread of salaries of any of the other certifications. The pay can go as high as $80,000.00 for experienced teachers in upscale districts, to as low as $31,000.00 for poorer areas. The average is around $50,000.00 annually, but new teachers will seldom get that kind of money starting out.
• High School teachers average around $50,000.00 per year. Maryland probably pays the top dollar nation-wide at around $62,000.00, and Mississippi is on the bottom end at around $40,000.00. Again, new teachers will seldom command this kind of money. A rookie teacher can probably get $30,000.00-$35,000.00 if they are lucky.
• You can command a higher income by specializing in one of the fields in high demand, such as Special Education, bilingual education (especially English-Spanish), Math and Science. By specializing in these fields, you can bump your annual salary up by $5000.00 or more.
So, Why Should I Teach?
The salary figures can be a little misleading. They do not reflect the fact that most school districts offer outstanding benefits and retirement packages. They do not reflect the fact that teaching is a very stable profession. Teachers are seldom layed-off. The figures are also based on a 9-10 month work year. You get 2-3 months vacation every year, where you can relax, or pursue other income opportunities. And while teachers may not get rich, the salaries are far from poverty-level. Even on the low end, depending on how many children are in the family, they are reasonably comfortable incomes, at least enough to pay the bills, especially if you are married and your spouse works as well.
Teaching offers many other advantages that go way beyond money. Teachers can do one thing no other profession can do. They control the future. Teachers create the next generation of brilliant scientists, outstanding legal scholars, great doctors, statesmen and world leaders. They plant the seeds of Knowledge and Greatness, water and nurture them, and prepare them for harvest. That’s something money can’t buy, at any price.
Teaching is not for everyone. If you think you have what it takes, there has never been a better time to pursue it. Go for the Gold Medal, and change the world…one child at a time.