Tops out at about +$80K / year for 9 months of presence in out district.
Of coruse the real money is in Administraton.
Think the issues are something else.
Apples to apples, RLTodd.
The average starting salary of teachers is about $30,400. Comparable professions? $43-45k starting
" Analysis of weekly wage trends by researchers at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) 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."
And my favorite one. "Teachers only work from 8 to 3 and they have weekends and the summer off. It's totally fair!"
Teachers work 8 to 3, then they grade, then they plan, then they organize. They listen to parents, they help kids, they do after school programs. Teachers also prepare over the summer for the next year, they take classes for re-certification.
Teachers spend an average of 50 hours per week on instructional duties, including an average of 12 hours each week on non-compensated school-related activities such as grading papers, bus duty, and club advising
Merit pay would do nothing. Teachers don't get automatic raises. Teachers get paid horrible wages, no matter what.
$80k? I've never EVER seen that number. Except of course, in Nassau, New York. In Nassau county teachers can make 88k on average. Want to know the cost of living there? Moving from las angeles California (one of the largest cities in the world) to Nassau would decrease your pay by an equivalent of 11.4k dollars a year.
Moving from Topeka Kansas? If you made 88,000 dollars a year in kansas, you would need to make 167,000 a year to maintain the same standard of living in New York. I know I can make 80k as an engineer, receiving almost the exact same training as a high school math teacher would need (plus electrical courses). Can you say the same for a teacher? Who's average salar y in Kansas isn't even 50k?
I would really like to see where your 80k is coming from.
(My mother is a teacher, so this is a bit of a pet peeve of mine. I've had to see her suffer through pay-cuts for 12 years straight. Or pay "freezes". She works in the private district, and makes more money there than she would in the public district)
Wanna know her pay? 50k. It's the highest salary I've ever seen for a teacher in a town of that population and cost of living. We can't afford jacksquat compared to everyone else I know with her level of training)
Want a masters, double major? Pick computer engineering with a second major in computer science. You're more or less guaranteed a starting pay of about 70 or so grand. And your hours really are "40 a week" which means, guess what, you can take a second job at that same sweet 70 grand if you manage to get really lucky and find people with the right hours and make it work.
Want to make money? Don't ever become a teacher.