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Old 10-08-2007, 07:58 PM
 
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Sorry I just have to vent about the terrible pay here in Utah. I think its the lowest teacher salary in the states if I am not mistaken. I got a bachelors degree and only earn $30,000 a year not to mention all the taxes and health/dental benefits that are deducted. For all the work I do I just dont think its worth it. I think I should either move or get a masters degree..... I didnt go to school to babysit and get paid terrible either. Okay I feel better now


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Just to put things in perspective
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I'd love to make 30K--this is my third year and I am still under that-granted, not by much-in a neighboring district, starting teachers with just a BS or BA only make 24K+/- so I am luckier than some.

I am in MO.

P.S. We have crappy health benefits and NO dental at all.

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I thought Idaho was low..at 31,000
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A masters will get me a whole 950 more per year when I am done...YIPEE!! sad, isn't it. Especially when you consider what pro sports and actors all make ...ughhh
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This is my 7th year and I am making 33,500. I started at 26500 (and that was one of hte highest paying districts at the time. Now our state has a law that says teachers can get paid no less than 30,000 a year.
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I guess I am pretty spoiled because I am a 1st year teacher with my BA and I am starting making 43,000

This is in Texas.


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I am also a first year teacher and I started out at $35,000. I am also at a Charter School. The public schools start around $37000. I look at it like this....I am so thankful to have a job doing what I love doing!!!
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Wow I guess you have to really love teaching, not the money.
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Cost of living
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I think you also have to look at the cost of living in the area. My 33500 is not a high income, but I can live well in my rural area. I'm not rich by any means but I am married and we have 3 kids and we live well enough.
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I am on level one of the pay scale...
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I have a Master's degree and I make 44,000/year. We also have excellent benefits and dental insurance. I live in Pennsylvania.......
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Not bad for me...
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I just started out making $41,000. That is also in PA. I am pretty happy with that.

I am making A LOT more than when I was subbing! I'm not complaining. In my last teaching job, I only made $23,000 in a private school.


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As a Head Start teacher I am an hourly employee making 14.88 an hour, and that's the top of the payscale because I have my Bachelor's. I can't complain at all because we get wonderful benfits (health, dental, vision). When I got into the education program in college I realized that I would never get paid extremely well, and I'm okay with that.
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I have family in Utah and it's a touchy subject to talk about all the pay differences between us. I make 40K. It's up 3K from last year. We have pretty good benefits and we make 35 dollars an hour for after school meetings from the district if we choose to participate in them.

I always have said that I'm not in teaching for the money, however it's nice to get paid for what I do.
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Way better than...
Old 10-11-2007, 09:48 PM
 
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the YMCA. With a bachelor's degree, working as an Aquatics Director, managing the swimming pool, and coaching an 84-member swim team by myself, working 70-100 hour weeks (all-weekend swim meets, etc.)...I was making $16,000/year. My first year teacher salary more than doubled that. No complaints here!
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Old 10-13-2007, 06:35 AM
 
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I didn't go into teaching for the money but I feel well compensated for my job. I am a 7th year teacher (in Southen NJ) with a BA and make $52,000. (That's including $2000 stipend for opting out of the med. benefits) At $30,000 it seems like a slap in the face, almost disrespectful to offer such a small amount for such and important job.
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I agree with someone else that cost of living also has to be factored in. I make about $40,000 a year with a Master's degree ( 7th year of teaching). That is not as much as in some states, but money in Tennessee goes so much further. For example , you can get a 2100 square foot home from the $140,000 to the upper $200,000 depending on the sub-division and bells /whistles of the home. Up North, you would be hard pressed to find a home below $300,000 in many cities. A friend had a relative sell a 1800 Sq foot home in California for $600,000. How good your pay is really depends on where you live. Some thrive while others struggle to make ends meat. That should not be happening anywhere, teachers should be paid like other degreed professionals.
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:54 PM
 
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Where in Michigan are you? I don't even make that yet and this is my 4th year teaching...lower Michigan
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:41 AM
 
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I can't believe some you make so little. I made 29,000 my first year, but that was 9 years ago! This year my district is paying 43,000 to first year teachers.
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Old 10-25-2007, 03:41 PM
 
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I teach at a charter school in Pennsylvania and I only make $18,500. It's my first year though so I'm only doing it for the experience!
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Old 12-09-2007, 04:36 PM
 
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I am a first year teacher in NE and I am making around $26,000/year. Granted that's more than some, but after my rent payment, car payment, bills, etc. There's not much left. I know some surrounding states that are starting their teachers around $40,000/year. I have seriously considered moving!
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:21 PM
 
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NC, 1st year teacher, $30K

I'm jealous.....I can't believe the pay some of you get! Granted I'm not in this for the money but teachers should get paid more than they do. We work our butts off!!

We just got a pay increase - a whopping $6 a month!!!! I'm trying hard not to spend it all in one place!!
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Well, this is my first year teaching and my grand total on my contract came to less than $5,000 dollars... but I just started the end of February (the 27th to be exact) and I am only part time :-). This 'first' year is all about the experiance for me anyways. I do know though had I been full time and full year it would have only been 27,900.

I do think that a teachers salary is a good joke considering without teachers where would we be?
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I took a job in my home state (Michigan) at a charter school last August. I started at $35,000 with good benefits. I was happy with this starting salary. However, I hated the charter school. My team was awful and the hours (12+) and their crazy expectations drove me to resign three months later. I am SO happy with my decision. I got myself into a public school 4 months later 15 minutes from home working as a long term sub for the rest of the year. YES, the pay is low ($75 dollars a day until you hit 31 days then its $180) BUT I finally love what I am doing and where I am. Hopefully this will help me get into a permanent position at a public school.
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