So…I’m lucky enough to live in a state/teach in a district where having a master’s degree makes a difference in what I make each year. Additionally, my years of experience affect my earnings. However, if I had stayed someone with just a bachelor’s degree, I’d be making $5,816 less this year (before taxes). Yup…my Master’s degree makes a difference. I can’t wait though until the difference is equal to what the master’s degree cost. (Luckily, I attended a state school and the master’s degree wasn’t super expensive).
My salary doesn’t fit into this schedule but it does make me feel a little bit better about my future financial prospects when I move back to my home state at the end of next school year. Going from Indiana to Ohio boosts the average earnings by close to 4k…
I have a Masters and ten years in and I’m nowhere near the average for my state, nor will my final step come anywhere near what the schedule lists for me. When I earned my Masters degree, part time while teaching full time, it got me a a bit less than 1k more on the step scale.
Your comments made me sad and then reading the report made me sadder and then thinking about how much I’m earning made me grab a cat and hug the feels away.
But I love my job. Really.
The content of this study is mind-boggling to me. I know that economic realities are quite different in different places, and that things like the cost of real estate also differ from place to place (where I live, the average single-family home is $435,534 and the average condo is about $254,000), which I think needs to be taken into consideration in order to paint a more complete picture.
However, I will say this: Any country that values public education so little is going to regret the de-professionalization of education systems. Public education is the single most important investment we can make in our society, and it is shameful that teachers are not treated better.
For reference, full disclosure: In my school board, the starting salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree only is $58,158. For someone at the end of their career, with 6 years of post-secondary education (our district maximum for salary purposes), the max salary is $99,119. As a single 27-year old, I was able to buy a house 4 years ago for $259,000 after 4 years experience teaching, and am living rather comfortably despite having incurred $57,000 in debt to complete my Masters’ degree in 2012-2013
Uhhh….your bachelor’s starting salary is more than the Master’s top salary when we had a salary schedule.
I was not surprised at all by the numbers. I am slightly above the average for my state, but that’s with 11 years xp, a Master’s degree, and 60+ credits ABOVE the Master’s. I will say, I have worked for ONE district in another state which I felt fairly compensated teachers - their schedule does NOT meet up with the state averages at all. It is a district that truly values its employees. I had to leave said district because the charter school it sponsored closed. I took a 30% paycut - there was no other option. No other district came close to offering the same salary. And, there were districts literally across the road where the pay differential was so large. Now, I am back where I first started teaching and I love it - I wouldn’t be back here if I didn’t, but the fact that I have to work a full time job, plus one or two part time jobs just to make ends meet is defeating. Especially when I drive by signs saying “Manager trainees - $45,000/yr - no degree needed”. And, location does matter - when houses in this area cost what they cost mig14 - but the TOP of our salary scale is JUST over their BASE salary - there is a problem!