I recently read a report detailing the average salaries for teachers in the United States, and the results were surprising, to say the least. Given how loudly and often these teachers cry in your ear about how little they get paid, I was expecting something around $25,000…so I was floored to learn the real number is $54,000.
Even more startling, that number is for working part time. Teachers work a little less than 8 hours a day for 180 days a year, while the average employed American works more than 8 hours per day for 260 days a year. That works out to an hourly wage of $37.50, which for comparison would yield an annual salary of $78,000 if they worked full time.
Maybe I’ve missed something, but to me this is not being underpaid–especially in light of declining test scores, the need for intervention by the U.S. government with programs like No Child Left Behind, and the fact that over 9 million Americans cannot read or write. You can keep throwing your money away if you like, but I’ll be homeschooling my children from now on.