Teacher Salaries

An oldie but a goody:

I’m fed up with teachers and their hefty salary guides. What we need here is a little perspective.

If I had my way, I’d pay these teachers myself. I’d pay them baby-sitting wages. That’s right, instead of paying these outrageous taxes, I’d give them $3 an hour out of my own pocket. And I’m only paying them for 5 hours, not coffee breaks or lunch.

That would be $15 a day – each parent should pay $15 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their child. Even if they have more than one child, it’s still a lot cheaper than private day care.

Now, how many children do they teach everyday – maybe 20? That’s $15 X 20 = $300 a day. But remember, they only work 180 days a year! I’m not going to pay them for all those vacations! $300 X 180 = $54,000. (Just a minute, I think my calculator needs batteries.)

I know now what you teachers will say – what about those who have 10 year’s experience and a master’s degree? Well, maybe (to be fair) they could get the minimum wage, and instead of just baby-sitting, they could read the kids a story. We could round that off to about $5 an hour, times five hours, times 20 children. That’s $500 a day times 180 days. That’s $90,000 … HUH???

Wait a minute, let’s get some perspective here. Baby-sitting wages are too good for these teachers. Did anyone see a salary guide around here???

~author unknown


1 Comment

  1. My thoughts on salaries for teachers has always differed from everyone else’s. While I taught, I felt I was getting away with something by earning what I did. I made far more money than I could’ve ever needed. My coworkers (and fellow union members) became incensed during contract negotiations. The possibility of not getting a raise or (gasp) having to contribute more towards benefits infuriated and frightened them. Meanwhile, I didn’t care. My wife and I weren’t going to have children, we didn’t own a house or a car, and I didn’t have loans to repay. We lived well within our means. For a long stretch, my salary alone was enough to comfortably support us. I could’ve taken a $10,000 per year cut without altering our lifestyle.

    Importantly, I taught in PA, a state with atypically high salaries for teachers. Also, I didn’t live the way my coworkers lived. However, need is relative. My salary was more than enough for me, but apparently not enough for others earning the same wage but demanding more from life. Everyone is entitled to have the life they crave. Additionally, maybe teachers should get more for their efforts (though I’ve seen many, many counter-examples of teachers who patently did not earn their keep). I happen to think if someone is expecting a certain lifestyle, perhaps they should choose their program of study more carefully and chase an MBA rather than an M. Ed. Otherwise, complaining about earnings is stale. Earning potential wasn’t a mystery going in.

    After all that, I found the post very amusing. I hadn’t seen this one before.

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