So…I’m lucky enough to live in a state/teach in a district where having a master’s degree makes a difference in what I make each year. Additionally, my years of experience affect my earnings. However, if I had stayed someone with just a bachelor’s degree, I’d be making $5,816 less this year (before taxes). Yup…my Master’s degree makes a difference. I can’t wait though until the difference is equal to what the master’s degree cost. (Luckily, I attended a state school and the master’s degree wasn’t super expensive).
My salary doesn’t fit into this schedule but it does make me feel a little bit better about my future financial prospects when I move back to my home state at the end of next school year. Going from Indiana to Ohio boosts the average earnings by close to 4k…
I have a Masters and ten years in and I’m nowhere near the average for my state, nor will my final step come anywhere near what the schedule lists for me. When I earned my Masters degree, part time while teaching full time, it got me a a bit less than 1k more on the step scale.
Your comments made me sad and then reading the report made me sadder and then thinking about how much I’m earning made me grab a cat and hug the feels away.
But I love my job. Really.
The content of this study is mind-boggling to me. I know that economic realities are quite different in different places, and that things like the cost of real estate also differ from place to place (where I live, the average single-family home is $435,534 and the average condo is about $254,000), which I think needs to be taken into consideration in order to paint a more complete picture.
However, I will say this: Any country that values public education so little is going to regret the de-professionalization of education systems. Public education is the single most important investment we can make in our society, and it is shameful that teachers are not treated better.
For reference, full disclosure: In my school board, the starting salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree only is $58,158. For someone at the end of their career, with 6 years of post-secondary education (our district maximum for salary purposes), the max salary is $99,119. As a single 27-year old, I was able to buy a house 4 years ago for $259,000 after 4 years experience teaching, and am living rather comfortably despite having incurred $57,000 in debt to complete my Masters’ degree in 2012-2013
i love the Women Against Feminism that are like “I dont need feminism because i can admit i need my husband to open a jar for me and thats ok!” cause listen 1. get a towel 2. get the towel damp 3. put it on the lid and twist. BAM now men are completely useless. you, too, can open a jar. time to get a divorce