Stagnant wages are one reason teachers believe school districts across the country are facing hiring crises. It means you’re a good negotiator. That has become the rallying cry of many of America’s public-school teachers, who have staged walkouts and marches on six state capitols this year. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. Even looking at positions within the same companies in the US and UK, compensation is much lower. The major explanation is the low child/worker ratio. To be honest I saw a similar thread recently with UK grads talking about their salaries and they seem so much higher than mine! So you have to add like 8-10% on top of those prices to get a real value. And in August, the Arizona supreme court blocked a ballot initiative that would have added $690 million annually to state education funding. For many teachers, this year’s uprising is decades in the making. In Arizona, teachers’ average inflation-adjusted annual wages are down $5,000. Why Are Wages for Young College Grads So Terrible? I think the answer is elegantly simple. Salary angst doesn’t happen in the private sector. Hutchison says her daughter has plans to continue the family teaching tradition, but it’s becoming a harder path for a middle-class kid. The uprising in West Virginia seemed to mark a turning point in public support for refilling the coffers. The holiday thing is so valid, I’ve got friends in Canada and I’ll definitely rather have my shorter days over an extra £5k. In the US if you are broke then you are fucked. Feels like my STEM degrees were pointless. r/cscareerquestions is horrendous for this, you get people there claiming that they've got offers for like 300k salary+stock straight out of university from [major tech company]. When compared to professions with similar education levels, teacher pay tends to pale. What's the reason for these huge disparities? Many regularly work over the summer, planning curricula, taking continuing education and professional development courses, and running summer programs at their schools, making it a year-round job. While they were getting offers of 80-100k in the US at 'lesser' institutions. This has led to a widespread expansion of charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately operated, and actions such as a move in the Wisconsin legislature in 2011 to strip teachers’ pensions and roll back collective bargaining rights. In Washington, teachers in several districts are already on strike, calling for pay raises to come out of newly allocated education funding. Nationwide, the estimated average public-school teacher’s salary is now $58,950, according to the National Center for Education Statistics—a respectable income in many locales, but actual wages vary widely by state, and often do not track with costs of living. Educators there—who made an average of $45,701 in 2016, according to the DOE—refused to enter their classrooms until the state met their demands to fully fund insurance benefits and increase salaries. And they promise to turn out in force for November’s midterm elections, where hundreds of teachers are running for office on platforms that promise more support for public schools. Read more about what it’s like to survive on a teacher’s salary. NaShonda Cooke, center, at home in the morning with her daughters in Raleigh, NC. A senior dev at Microsoft or Google might make 55-85k, whereas if you're fresh out of college you would start at 80-100k. Their outrage has struck a chord, reviving a national debate over the role and value of teachers and the future of public education. Would appreciate some answers to help recover some sanity and peace of mind! His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. The decline in education funding is not limited to salaries. Salaries don't change with exchange rate. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the UKPersonalFinance community, Discuss, learn and request help on how to obtain, budget, protect, save and invest your money in the UK, Press J to jump to the feed. NaShonda Cooke at the Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School, where she teaches in Raleigh, North Carolina. Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states. She talks about what she does not as a job but as a calling. With her husband, she also runs a historical tour company for extra money. My American friends bawk at how from their perspective I get paid basically nothing. Norway is another example where salaries sound high, but then you go buy a coffee or get a meal and it costs maybe 50-100% more than in the UK, and suddenly you get why. Between 2008 and 2016, the number of new educators completing preparatory programs fell by 23%, according to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. I keep stumbling across threads on the main subreddit, of people (Americans mostly) coming out of uni and hitting $60-80k+ annually in their first job like it's normal, reaching 6-figures (in dollars) after only a couple years. I keep stumbling across threads on the main subreddit, of people (Americans mostly) coming out of uni and hitting $60-80k+ annually in their first job like it's normal, reaching 6-figures (in dollars) after only a couple years. Don't forget that the people who usually share their salaries online are the ones who are proud of their achievements and therefore share salaries that are above average.If you want to look at real starting salaries you're better off looking at glassdoor or other online surveys, if you have a good relationship with your fellow uni grads, you can also ask them and see how they got on. They want you to pay for the services that they provide you,” says NaShonda Cooke, a teacher and single mother of two in Raleigh, N.C. “I can’t tell you how many letters I got this summer that said final notice.” Cooke, who makes about $69,000, often skips doctor’s appointments to save the co-pay and worries about paying for her eldest daughter’s college education. “It’s just about wanting a livable wage.”. For example registered nurses—another career historically dominated by women—make far more than teachers today, earning an average annual wage of $73,550 in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s usually just enough to cover an electric bill or a car payment. That would be Oklahoma. The situation is particularly grim in states such as Oklahoma, where teachers’ inflation-adjusted salaries actually decreased by about $8,000 in the last decade, to an average of $45,245 in 2016, according to DOE data. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary. If the public is on their side, they say, it’s ultimately because of the kids. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $114,870, so our index value would be: We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for veterinarians. In Virginia, teachers are floating the possibility of a statewide walkout. They have also sought to remind the public that they are on the front lines of America’s frayed social safety net, dealing with children affected by the opioid crisis, living in poverty and fearful of the next school shooting. But teachers faced opposition at times from state and federal leaders. From Arizona to Oklahoma, in states blue, red and purple, teachers have risen up to demand increases in salaries, benefits and funding for public education. “It’s not about wanting a pay raise or extra income,” she says. After nine school days, lawmakers caved and approved a 5% wage increase. This is true, but it's also not a full explanation. Hope Brown can make $60 donating plasma from her blood cells twice in one week, and a little more if she sells some of her clothes at a consignment store. Hutchison, 48, is a fourth-generation educator whose daughter also plans to become a teacher. This year in Oklahoma, a record number of teachers were given emergency teaching certifications, despite no traditional training. In 2018 dollars, that’s roughly $45,000—nearly the same salary Hutchison, Oklahoma’s 2013 Teacher of the Year, now makes after a quarter-century on the job. Not remotely so in the nonprofit sector. Even in conservative states, many voters backed tax increases to support public education, and called on lawmakers to stop cutting school budgets. “I just want to be able to financially do that.”. (i.e. I would say the difference between Germany and the UK is more significant. In the UK the vast majority of engineers will work 37-45hrs a week and get 25+ paid days off a year. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Median_income. “We have to organize even harder and even broader,” says Los Angeles teacher Rosa Jimenez. After all these points, yes US salaries are higher but the real world difference is not huge.