It depends on what state and county you are working and what the cost of living is. You need to check this out as it does vary across the country. In my state, there is a base teachers wage which then may be supplemented by the county or district ( public schools). I have known teachers who commute to other counties and have their home where the cost of living is lower. Plus, there may be additional supplements based upon other tasks you may take on. That said, some locations are very poorly paid whereas others are quite decently paid especially when compared to the time worked vs time off. For instance, most teachers get 3-4 paid weeks off during the school year not including any sick leave or summers ( which are typically non-paid unless a program exists that allows you to average your paycheck to cover 12 months .)Most other professions only get 2 weeks off per year unless they have been at the same job for a significant period of time, usually well over 5 years.