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Compensation For Tecahers

What is the starting salary for high school teachers who work in the public school system ? #teaching #teacher #high-school

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Astrid’s Answer

Hi Tamara!

Research the school districts in your area to see what the pay is. There is no set amount, even if the department of labor has statistics, it really depends on the type of school (charter, public, private, title 1, etc.), the city, district and subject you will teach.

In some states teachers are making 30k, in others they start at 60,000, it varies quite a bit. Then you'd want to look into costs of living and the type of school you'd like to teach in.

I worked for a charter school in Texas and they started at around 58k a few years ago. I was paid a stipend for being a STEM teacher and they offered us opportunities to earn a set amount by hosting afterschool clubs and doing Saturday tutorials. We were required to have 1 tutorial session during the week, this was unpaid.
I have a friend who works an hour away, still in the same city but her district pays them for tutorial sessions during the week and they start at 60k.

Hope this gives you a little insight to teacher pay and makes you think about the different factors you will need to look into as you prepare to be an educator.
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David H.’s Answer

This site has starting salaries for New York City public school teachers.
http://schools.nyc.gov/TeachNYC/salary/default.htm
click on "the official salary schedule"
You can check the salary schedule of most public schools in the country on line by typing "starting salary of -name of city- public school teacher".
The salary information should be weighed against the cost of living for each location. For example, New York is an expensive city. Other places might not pay as much, but your living expenses might be lower. Your college or university will have a teachers placement office that will provide up-to-date information about jobs and salaries. If you have an advanced degree your starting salary will be higher.
The rewards of the teaching profession go beyond one's salary. Good luck

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Patti’s Answer

HI - The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates: The average public school teacher salary in the US during the 2021 school year was $65,090, an increase of 1.49% or $957 from 2020.

You may want to check out the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics site for additional helpful information including average teacher salary by state : https://usafacts.org/data/topics/people-society/education/k-12-education/public-school-teacher-salary-average/

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