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How much money do you earn as a teacher?

l'm asking because i want to help my parents. teaching teacher teach teacher-training education

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David H.’s Answer


That's a good question and is best answered by going on line to find out how much teachers are paid in various cities in the Bay Area and even further afield, keeping in mind that larger cities are often more expensive to live in than smaller ones. You will find a salary range for most places. This will not include extra pay for additional work, such as coaching an after school club or sport or providing tutorial assistance. It is not unusual for public school teachers to be represented by a union. This organization will also provide salary information on line.

Teaching is a rewarding occupation that requires a substantial investment in your own education before you enter the classroom as a teacher for the first time. So your question is a good one. However, I don't know anyone who entered the profession because of the money. The poet Taylor Mali has a good answer to the question "What Teachers Make". It offers the best advise that I know of about your question. Look it up.

Your desire to help your parents is admirable and as a teacher you will be helping countless others.

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Elaine’s Answer

Every County pays differently depending on their negotiations between the union and the school board or whomever represents the teachers and school board. Got can always love on a teachers or any other salary if you live within the amount you make. You can't want to spend 5,000 a month if you earn 3,000 so it's best to be honest about your lifestyle. Good luck. Elaine
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Nisha’s Answer


This depends on where you live and teach. You will need to research the salary schedules for different school districts in the area where you want to teach. Also, look at the cost of living in the area where you will live so that you can determine if the salary will suffice for meeting your financial needs.

Nisha recommends the following next steps:

Research salary schedules for school districts in the area where you want to teach
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Esther’s Answer

Thank you for wanting to make a difference in the world & help your family at the same time! That is a worthwhile pursuit. =)

There are many different types of "teaching" jobs to explore. I work the field of corporate training - which is like being a teacher for a company. Check out this ATD (Association for Talent Development) website for information about corporate training salaries ( Corporate training positions may pay a little more than being a teacher in the school but there are benefits to teaching at a school too. It all depends on what excites you!

Good luck in your future endeavors!
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Stephanie’s Answer

Hi Lizbeth,

A teacher's income depends on the state/region in which you live. Some states pay more money than others, and your degree also factors into your pay. You will earn more with a Master's degree than with a Bachelor's. In California, please check out this website for some general pay information:

This website is a little old - from 2014–15. You'll also see that the size of the school district impacts how much money you earn.

In any case, you should make enough money to live and pay your bills. You might have a little left over for your parents. When you are ready, look at and compare different school districts before you begin applying for a teaching position.

Good luck!

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Melissa’s Answer

Hi Lizbeth-

I reviewed the other answers here from my peers/fellow teachers and I’m going to play something called “Devil’s Advocate”. This means I’m going to tell you the opposite of what the other teachers here told you. When I went into the teaching profession in 2000, teachers were still respected by parents, most students, and the majority of all American citizens. Now fast forward 19 years and teachers have become the reason for all “woes” in this country. What I mean is teachers are being blamed for what’s wrong with education, students in general, and just about every problem in America, or so it seems.

When my students ask me about becoming a teacher, I tell them they should look at other career fields because the teaching profession is the absolute last career field I would recommend to anyone in today’s harsh political climate. When I entered this profession 19 years ago, teachers still had control over what we taught our students. This has changed dramatically! Everything/anything that is presented to a classroom full of students is tightly scrutinized and prescribed leaving no room for teachers to add, remove, or even modify for the most part. This is education in the 21st century. It is completely controlled by the companies that publish curriculum and mandated assessments, which for the most part is mainly Pearson.

Our students in the K-12 public school system throughout the country are heavily assessed. From a business perspective, this is HUGE money! Publishers like Pearson do not want to give up the yearly sales they make so they continue to lobby our politicians to keep adding assessments.

Unfortunately, teachers across the country have not deemed well in this land of political education. We are expected to do more year after year with less such as less supplies, less teachers (making class sizes much larger), and less salary overall. Statistically speaking, the teacher magazine called Education Weekly, recently conducted a study and found that overall, teachers make less than their same educated peers that are in a different career field. Actually, when including inflation and today’s higher cost of living into the equation, teachers in 2019 are making the same salary equivalent to what teachers were making in 1998! Salaries throughout the country have frozen solid meaning school districts/systems in every state are not giving teachers raises from year to year. Worse than that, school districts/systems in most states are not paying into their teacher retirement fund so many of them cannot afford to pay their retired teachers the money they’ve earned. All teachers (and most employees in other career fields) will have a certain amount of their money taken out of their pay and moved into their retirement fund account. Most school districts/systems also contribute a portion of money to each teacher’s retirement fund account too (school districts/systems are different- some match what the a teacher chooses to contribute to their retirement fund account, some school districts/systems only contribute a percentage of each teacher’s chosen amount to contribute, and some school districts/systems contribute nothing to their teacher’s retirement fund account-it truly depends on the school district/system itself and something all new teachers want to investigate before accepting a teaching position).

My point is that teachers throughout the country are making less and less every year. Still there are states that pay their teachers better than other states. For example, there are school districts in Pennsylvania that really pay their teachers well. I used to live in one such area of Pennsylvania. In 2014, my annual teacher salary was $60,000 plus I received a bonus check every September which was usually $2,009 or better. The school I worked for in Pennsylvania also had a career ladder system. Teachers were able to apply for positions on this career ladder (like having a part-time job where you teach). Teachers were compensated by earning a percentage of their base salary in a given year. So I held a career ladder position which paid an additional 14% of my base salary, bringing my actual teacher salary up towards $90,000 a year. I moved to Florida at the end of 2014. My dropped by $55,000 A YEAR! The counties in Florida pay their teachers very low annual salaries. Actually, FL is the 5th lowest teacher salary in the country (north eastern states tend to pay their teachers much better salaries).

School districts/systems throughout the country used to provide teachers and their families with excellent health insurance for a very low monthly premium or no monthly premium at all. This helped to compensate for the teacher’s low annual salary. This has been taken away for the most part as well. In order for my three children to have health insurance through my school district, I pay $550 a month (in months with 2 paychecks) and $750 a month (in those few months when we have three paychecks). This health insurance premium is the majority of my biweekly paycheck!

So my advice to you, don’t go into the teaching profession is you think one day you would like to get married and have a family. You’ll never be able to support your family on the meager, below living wage salary you’ll end up earning!