I read recently that the average teacher salary in Boston is $81,000.
In Chicago, the average salary is $71,000.
Nationally, the average salary for teachers is about $51,000.
The cost of living in different regions and cities affects teachers’ salaries.
Many in the media think that it is an outrage that teachers are paid “so much.” I think that anyone who says this on radio or television should disclose their own salary. I have no doubt that it is a multiple of what teachers in the same region are paid.
Why aren’t they shocked that the head of K12, the online company, is paid $5 million to deliver a shoddy product? Why aren’t they furious about the charter school leaders who take home $400,000? Why aren’t they in perpetual outrage that Rush Limbaugh is paid $50 million or so to talk on the radio? Why aren’t they ranting about CEO salaries?
Why the objection to teachers having what is really a decent middle-class income? Teachers have a college degree and many have a master’s degree; some have a doctorate. They are doing one of the hardest and most important jobs in society. Recent surveys by the Gates Foundation and Scholastic and by Metlife estimate that a teacher typically works 11 hours a day.
I say that teachers deserve every penny they are paid, and more.
What other profession would be satisfied to be paid so little?