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Bernie & Teacher’s Salaries September 13, 2019

Posted by geoff in News.

The second part of Bernie’s statement at the debate last night was:

We have teachers in this country who are leaving education because they can’t work two or three jobs to support themselves.

Is that true? Well, some teachers are, apparently, working at least a second job:

Nearly 1 in 5 public school teachers have second jobs during the school year, a new analysis of federal data shows.

Across the country, teachers who work a second job earn an average of $5,100 to supplement their incomes.


The average public school teacher salary for 2016-17 was $59,660—up from $58,353 in 2015-16.

So on average those teachers are working an extra 4 hours per week. Yawn.

And how underpaid are teachers, really?

Forty-five percent of public school teachers said they are satisfied with their teaching salary, while 55 percent said they are not satisfied, according to data from the 2015-16 National Teacher and Principal Survey

That’s terrible! Except for the fact that hardly anybody is satisfied with their salaries:

According to our findings, less than 1/5th (19%) of the people surveyed are comfortable with their current rates of pay. In fact, when asked to put a number on how much more they would need to feel comfortable, more than half (60%) of Americans say that they would need to earn at least an extra $6000 each year.

Looks like teachers are already way ahead in salary satisfaction.

Finally, how many teachers are leaving teaching due to salary issues? Well, the article about teacher’s having to work second jobs found . . . one:

“Working two jobs and trying to maintain a balance with teaching, it does take a toll, especially when you have a family,” said Joe Reid, who until recently was a middle school language arts teacher in Hebron, Ind.

Reid resigned from his teaching job at the end of this school year.

Looks like another manufactured crisis.


1. Jimbro - September 13, 2019

I’ve heard stories of teachers working as servers and waitstaff during summers. Seems like a good idea when you have a couple of months off.

2. Bunk X - September 18, 2019

9 months on, 3 months off, plus pension & benefits. Not a bad salary for molding clay.

3. geoff - September 18, 2019

The other reason teachers don’t get huge salary-respect is that most people who have passed through the K-12 regimen feel like they have mastered the material – at least as taught. So it’s not like K-12 teachers have a unique grasp of subject knowledge. What they do have is, hopefully, the patience and wisdom to pass that knowledge to children.

But that’s what we expect of mothers, too.

4. lauraw - September 18, 2019

Teachers have needed to climb down from the cross for at least 20 years. Enough with this nonsense. They’re not climbing telephone poles in freezing weather, or dealing with the stress of managing high risk patients on a cardiac floor, or fighting fires. But frequently they get paid like they do.

You know why teachers were so poorly paid in the past? Because everybody knew it was an easy job and they don’t even work the whole year. People will actually even do it for less money just because they love it.

The increase in pay has coincided with the profession being taken over by lefties. That’s when all the whining and rending of garments started.

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