#1 - You are comparing apples to oranges with your statements. Your link refers to College Professors and the salary data refers to those whose primary employment would be full times. Statistically speaking part-time and temporary (adjunct faculty) are excluded as they would skew the results. So when you link to data showing career fields (which means full time employment) and then say that "they make most of their money elsewhere", you are incorrect. When someone is in a career field that is their primary employment.
#2 - Adjunct faculty are typically part-time or temporary employees whose primary duties are to teach selected classes, these are non-tenure track positions and individuals are not paid a "salary" (as in annual compensation) they are paid "piece-meal" meaning they contract to teach one or more specific classes and are then paid on a per class basis. Typically adjunct faculty doing such work are limited to the number of classes/hours so as not to qualify as a full time employee so they are excluded from benefits and retirement programs. Typically it is these types of people that may teach a couple of classes at each of an areas different schools if teaching is their primary source of income. Then their are those that are working professionals in their field and like to teach a class or two a year to supplement their income or provide some diversity in their activities by "giving back" and helping to develop the next generation of professionals.
#3 - Here is a link to some information on adjunct faculty and their compensation. The amount of compensation can vary widely depending on the school and the discipline. The handful of top schools can pay top dollar ($5000 - $6000) per class. My wife works at a university and a "full load" of teaching is usually 3-4 classes depending on if the person is a Department Chair or has another administrative position. For adjunct faculty that would be [5000 to 6000 * 2 (semesters per year) * 3 to 4 (classes per semester)] = $30,000 to $48,000 per year. Getting a full time "professor" position is not as easy as some may think.
#4 - Now think of community colleges v. mainstream universities v. top level tier 1 schools, most "adjunct" teaching jobs (by shear number) are going to be at the community college and sub-top tier universities where the compensation is going to be more like $1,200 per class (CC) to $3,000 (mid-level university). As I said my wife works at a university and their adjunct faculty pull $2,600 per class and are limited to no more than 2 classes per regular semester. That's $10,400 per year. They are allowed to pick up an extra class or two during summer breaks so add to that maximum annual another $5,200.
Adjunct Project Shows Wide Range in Pay and Working Conditions - Faculty - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Qualified Master Training Specialist by the United States Navy. After doing operational tours as "the point of the spear" I was selected for instructor duty and the Navy's premier advanced avionics school completing one tour there and then another tour teaching electronic warfare a few years later. Out of 20 years I spent 7 years during which my primary focus was teaching.
My undergraduate degree is in Industrial Technology and my Masters is in Technology Education, combined with my military experience my intent was to become a Middle-School Technology Teacher.
Employment: When I "retired" from the Navy I had to make a tough call, being in my late 30's with a wife and two younger children to support - take a combined income (military retirement + new job earnings) cut of $12,000 per year or accept an offer from private industry which resulted in slightly more income each year. So instead of going into public education I took my experience and became a technical trainer for Canon (yes you may have heard the name, they make camera's, printers, and other consumer electronics). I enjoyed the work very much, and over the years it lead me more into databases, their usage and administration. The job I wanted was already occupied by someone that wasn't going anywhere and who was younger then I was (so wouldn't be retiring for a llllloooonnnnngggg time). So the opportunity came up and I applied for and accepted my current position. I'm the Human Resources Information Systems Administrator for a Public School system, that means I work with teacher licensure, benefits, and compensation data and issues as part of my job function.
Does that help?
Last edited by WorldWatcher; 10-30-13 at 08:54 AM.
Most teachers don't have PhDs. Do you think requiring teachers to be PhDs in return for $100K salaries would produce enough PhDs? Do you think someone needs a PhD to teach K-1? Really?
A new college grad who decides to opt for a teaching career has at least a year more of school ahead before even applying. Should he/she make the investment, including a student teaching semester in which no other job is possible (no time), and add another ten or twenty grand to the student loan debt, then he/she may apply to a school, along with a hundred or so other applicants. Should he/she be hired, then it's time to discover just how a lot of kids have been raised. It's a matter of sink or swim in most schools, and many sink, quit teaching, go to something else. Some get jobs in small schools where their policy is to keep teachers two years, then let them go to hire cheaper new grads. Some get jobs in charter schools where they are at will employees, and where the school may or may not be in business next year.
I started a teaching career in 1966, when there was a severe shortage of teachers and you could actually work on a credential while teaching and getting a paycheck. I stayed with it until 2001, when I was able to retire with a good pension (yes, there are financial perks to teaching, and retirement is one of them).
No way would I invest the money to get a teaching credential today. Schools are run by the state now, the curriculum is test centered, and the kids could care less about the test. Nevertheless, the mindless bureaucrats in charge (MBIC) have issued the edict that every child will pass the test whether they want to or not, whether they have an IQ of 80 or 120, whether or not they just got to the US from a nation where English is not spoken and kids don't go to school, it doesn't matter, according to the MBIC, every child has to pass a difficult multiple guess test, or the teacher has failed.
I can look back on a rewarding career, but would not want to be in the trenches fighting the MBIC and the economic realities of today, no thank you, not even in a community where the gangs are not yet in charge.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
In other countries being a teachers are held to a higher standard. People aspire to be teachers, not just fall back on it when all else fails. Thats what we need here
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