Teacher pay: it isn’t enough

Each district around the United States gives public teachers a different annual salary. According to the table released in their publicly available pay scale, teachers at Skyline High School and others schools in the St. Vrain Valley School District start off with an annual salary of 37,000 dollars. Other public school teachers receive on average 54,819 dollars yearly (Alters). I believe that teachers annual salary should be increased.

Being a teacher is a big responsibility and has a big influence on the shape of our world. Having a classroom filled with children is hard work and can be exhausting. The image shown (by Someecards) provides the kind of message that teachers play a role of classroom management.

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If they work hard and are exhausted by the end of the day, they are an effective classroom manager. Ryan Morehart left his job as an early childcare educator to be a office manager because it paid more (Toohey). Going to school is what helps a student become successful. Having a student listen to teacher(s) talk for seven hours a day fills a student’s brain with knowledge. Educating individuals is important. Knowing how to read and write and knowing your voting rights are important. There are teachers for English, foreign languages, sciences, maths, and social studies, all which help citizens figure out what they love and what they are interested in to contribute into the world when they are older. I believe that there are areas in the United States where not only do the students struggle, but so do the teachers. They try hard to control rebellious children impoverished areas, and I give them a round of applause. All teachers deserve a reasonable amount of pay to survive.

Teachers do not get paid hourly. According to first study done in Weissmann’s article, teachers “worked an average of 36.5 hours per week at an average wage of $34.06 an hour,” but don’t get fooled. Proven by the NEA, teachers receive an annual salary based on what teachers “should” make based off the average school days and hours each year. Teachers get an estimated amount of hours they will definitely work, but what isn’t taken into account is what they do outside of school hours. At Skyline High School, we have teachers who stay after school to sponsor clubs, help students who are falling behind, and who grade papers at home. I believe teachers who go over and beyond in helping the school community should receive a higher salary.

Having a set balance of money received a year can become a struggle for teachers to afford house payments. Living in a house is a big dream for many. Teachers often move houses to one they can afford, find roommates, or move states to where housing is more affordable like Lauren Paquette did (Luna). “Finances have been easier since she left North Carolina for Texas…” said Luna. According to the last proven fact by the NEA, 50% of new teachers stop teaching due to low pay. Having a lack of money to support a home payment and personal needs are factors that drive teachers away. Ryan Morehart is an example of someone leaving the job he loved as a teacher (Toohey). He explained that his new job in office management has “a lot better…” benefits and “the pay is a lot better…”
Teachers are paid differently compared to other professions. A better system should be put together for every area based off more than just the regular school hours teachers teach. The gap between how much it is to live in an apartment or house needs to stop growing further away from the annual salary for a teacher. We lose potential teachers for our citizens because it’s hard to live off what is received. Teaching takes a toll just like any other profession. The pay is what differs.



Alters, Sandra M. “Estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools, selected years 1959-60 to 2009-10.” Education: Meeting America’s Needs?, 2012 ed., Gale, 2012. Information Plus Reference Series. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ2220009867/OVIC?u=long22610&xid=1cfaba59. Accessed 4 Mar. 2017.

Luna, Jenny. “We Trust Them with Our Childrens’ Futures, but They Can’t Even Afford a House to Live in.” Mother Jones. N.p., 4 Feb. 2017. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.

“Myths and Facts about Educator Pay.” NEA. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.

“Salary Schedules and Placement.” Salary Schedules and Placement | St Vrain Valley School District. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2017.

Weissmann, Jordan. “Are Teachers Paid Too Much? How 4 Studies Answered 1 Big Question.” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 04 Nov. 2011. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.

*Workplace. Digital image. Someecards. Someecards, n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2017. <http://www.someecards.com/usercards/viewcard/MjAxMy05ZThiZWZhNDZkZjQ2ZDVh>.

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