What state offers the best benefits for teachers?
Here in NC the teachers are not payed well and are quickly loosing other benefits. NC is currently listed as one of the lowest states for teacher pay and I was wondering if the contenders at the top of the list are true or not. I must complete two years of teaching in NC before I can move but I was wondering what a good place to move would be. #teaching #k-12-education #salary-review #financial-planning
Hi Jessica! I realize this question was posted almost a year ago, but I hope the answer will still be helpful to you. I currently teach in Memphis, TN where the starting salary for a public school teacher is roughly 42,000. Typically, higher-paying jobs are found in places with greater need. Teacher turnover is relatively high at urban schools, so compensation is one way urban districts can attract quality educators. Because public school teachers are government employees, their salaries are available for the public to view. A quick Google search of "teacher salaries lookup" led me to a few reliable sources such as this one: http://www.tos.ohio.gov/Transparency_Teacher.aspx. Keep in mind, however, that each district will have its own pay scale. You may find that some teachers make 75,000/year, but they may have been teaching for 20 years, earned a Masters or Doctorate, or received several raises/bonuses throughout their tenure with the district. I think the best question to ask regarding compensation in an interview is whether or not teachers receive an annual raise, and if so, how they earn it. The next best question to ask is whether or not a teacher's salary is commensurate with her level of education. This will help you determine if you can work your way into the income bracket you hope to enter.