There are always ways to make more money as a teacher (tutoring, standardized testing scoring and proctoring and summer camp jobs are a few good ones).
One of the realities about elementary school teaching though is you’re going to have to invest a chunk of money setting up your classroom. Hopefully, you’ll get some money from school, but even in the wealthy district I taught in I had to use my own money to fill the bookshelves, create comfy reading nooks, decorate the walls, provide manipulative for learning centers, special art projects, etc etc
As I’m sure you’ve heard, most people don’t go into teaching for the money. I left the profession after two years for numerous reasons, but if you stick with it you could get a decent salary. A very good friend of mine has been teaching for about 20 years and is making over $100,000 and gets great benefits and a pension.
Elyse recommends the following next steps:
- Look online to see what teachers make in your state. If your situation allows for it, consider moving.
- Within MA, teachers’ salaries fluctuate a great deal based on the town so make sure to look at all of your options.