It became commonplace in he media to say over and over that the average salary for Chicago teachers is $71,000-$76,000.

I heard this and didn’t question it. I didn’t think it was inappropriate or extravagant as compensation for a professional.

But it seems the number is hugely inflated.

According to this post, the actual average salary for teachers in the Chicago metropolitan area is $56,720.

Maybe this will make the teachers’ cause somewhat more tolerable to the pundits in the media who can barely get by on four times that much.