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    Teacher Salaries By State

    Check out this chart of teacher salaries by state. Teacher Salaries By State | Average Salaries For Teachers | Beginning Salaries For Teachers | Teacher Raises | TeacherPortal.com

    Do you think the average teacher salary in your state should be higher, lower, or stay the same?
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    Re: Teacher Salaries By State

    For where my parents live in South Carolina it should definitely be lower. I was honestly teaching kids two grades above me because their teachers were doing jack. In terms of MA I really can't say since it was forever ago since I attended school here in the state aside from college.

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    Re: Teacher Salaries By State

    I don't even like THINKING about it. Starting salaries may be about average (for a nine-month position, don't forget), but a few years down the road, and you're talking big bucks. Subjective experience: a friend started teaching at 22. She is retiring at 52. Last year, she made $160,000 as a Science Teacher, plus head of the Science Department at the high school. Her pension? 3% per year of service or $144,000 with a 3% increase per year. (Won't be quite that high for purists; they take an average of the last four years B4 they take the 3%.) Oh, and, of course, they get full medical insurance with a small kick-in.

    How on EARTH are taxpayers supposed to fund THAT?????
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    I say other.Pay should be based on results.Maybe start out with the lowest national standard and then if a sufficient number of kids pass that teacher's class at their grade level work then maybe up a couple of thousand a year. Lousy teachers should be let go period.
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    Re: Teacher Salaries By State

    What level of education is required to generally teach in the US?
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    Re: Teacher Salaries By State

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    What level of education is required to generally teach in the US?
    Bachelors degree.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    Bachelors degree.
    The salaries listed then are fairly low then in my opinion
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    Re: Teacher Salaries By State

    Some deserve more. Some deserve less. Why don't consumers and schools decide like in any other market?
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    Re: Teacher Salaries By State

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I don't even like THINKING about it. Starting salaries may be about average (for a nine-month position, don't forget), but a few years down the road, and you're talking big bucks. Subjective experience: a friend started teaching at 22. She is retiring at 52. Last year, she made $160,000 as a Science Teacher, plus head of the Science Department at the high school. Her pension? 3% per year of service or $144,000 with a 3% increase per year. (Won't be quite that high for purists; they take an average of the last four years B4 they take the 3%.) Oh, and, of course, they get full medical insurance with a small kick-in.

    How on EARTH are taxpayers supposed to fund THAT?????
    Yea it can end up being a really cushy position to be a retiring teacher.
    When you count all the benefits, not just pay, you find that them and other public service workers are quickly becoming the newest class of millionaires.
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    Re: Teacher Salaries By State

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    Some deserve more. Some deserve less. Why don't consumers and schools decide like in any other market?
    Teachers' unions, weak school boards, the "sacred cow" mindset.

    Teachers' pensions in many states (certainly in IL) are far above what taxpayers can fund. Teachers also get a few thousand here, few thousand there -- for lunchroom duty, coaching (their part-time salaries absolutely can't be beat). They also get tuition to pursue advanced degrees -- for which they automatically make more money. They work on average 39 weeks -- not counting spring break and, at least here in Illinois, two weeks off for Christmas....so that brings them down to 36 weeks.

    Looking at that index, now I know why I feel the way I do - Illinois teachers are ranked #1. $37,500 to start; an average of 4.34% increase every year for the first ten...yikes. That's without, of course, any of the perks and part-time supervisory positions they can get that increase their base salary even more. Sweet deal.
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