The average salary for an entry-level educator is over $30,000…and the teachers complaining?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the mean hourly income for all American workers is $17.75 per hour, or roughly $35,500 per year, going on 40 hours a week and 50 weeks a year (assuming that most people might miss an average of two weeks for vacation, sickness, etc.). Even if you include those two weeks you get $36,920 per year. And keep in mind that this average is for more than just Americans working in entry-level positions, this is for Americans who have worked their jobs for decades and are making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year as well.
Nor should we forget that most teachers enjoy a benefits package which is far superior to what most non-government workers enjoy. Plus, teachers don’t work a full year. I’ll grant that most put in 8+ hour workdays during the school year, but they also get approximately three months off every year. Time they can use for vacations or further career training. This is something no workers outside of the education profession enjoy.
So excuse me if I don’t shed any tears for teachers who are making over $30,000/year as their initial pay for their chosen profession. They are making more than the average American makes.
Rob Port owns and operates Say Anything.