Teacher pay is so low that they are adding second jobs at an alarming rate.
“One frequent criticism of the U.S. school system, particularly public schools, is that teachers are paid less than people in many other professions. New research shows some teachers cannot make ends meet financially. One in six has to take a second job to balance their personal books.
Pew Research looked at teachers in public elementary and secondary schools. Sixteen percent had to take a second job in the break before the 2015–2016 school year. That is about three times the national average for all jobs. Some of the Pew conclusions were based on reviews of data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Additionally, Pew found that second jobs produced, on average, 7% of teacher income during the summer and 9% during the school year. Teachers with incomes at the low end of the spectrum of pay were the most likely to take second jobs. The authors of the survey wrote, ‘Certain groups of teachers are more likely than others to work a summer job outside the school system, including those with less teaching experience and who are younger – groups that tend to have lower salaries.’ Thirty-two percent of teachers with one year or less of experience took a second job.
The Economic Policy Institute think tank reports that teachers make 19% less than people with similar educations. When benefits are included, the figure is 11%.”
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