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ERIC Number: ED564594
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-23
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
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Mid- and Late-Career Teachers Struggle with Paltry Incomes
Boser, Ulrich; Straus, Chelsea
Center for American Progress
Low teacher pay is not news. Over the years, all sorts of observers have argued that skimpy teacher salaries keep highly qualified individuals out of the profession. One recent study found that a major difference between the education system in the United States and those in other nations with high-performing students is that the United States offers much lower pay to educators. But for the most part, the conversation around teacher pay has examined entry-level teachers. The goal of this issue brief was to learn more about the salaries of mid- and late-career teachers and see if wages were high enough to attract and keep the nation's most talented individuals. This research relied on a variety of databases, the results of which are deeply troubling. Findings include: (1) Mid- and late-career teacher base salaries are painfully low in many states; (2) Teachers with 10 years of experience who are family breadwinners often qualify for a number of federally funded benefit programs designed for families needing financial support; and (3) To supplement their minimal salaries, large percentages of teachers work second jobs. The bottom line is that mid- and late-career teachers are not earning what they deserve, nor are they able to gain the salaries that support a middle-class existence. An appendix provides a table of state-by-state data on teacher salaries.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress