Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Are Teachers Paid Enough?
From myshortpencil, a gadfly I sometimes enjoy reading. Click on it to make it larger.
I don't know if they are or not. However, I'm sick of hearing about average salaries with no comparisons. You can't even discuss the issue of teacher salaries without looking a median salaries or having some other measure of variance. The above is a chart of median teacher salaries compared with median family income.
Family income: The combined income of all family members age 14 and above living in the household for the period of 1 year. Income includes money income from jobs; net income from business, farm, or rent; pensions; dividends; interest; social security payments; and any other money income.
Some states pay teachers really poorly. However, in every single state, a teacher makes more than the median family income. It is my impression that a good number of teachers have more problems with working conditions than with salaries per se. If you are currently in college, consider at least minoring in education.