What Do America’s Teachers Really Make? (Infographic)

America ranks 17th in global education. What many are calling an “education crisis” greatly impacts students, but what about our educators? It’s no secret that teachers work long hours in exchange for low pay. Check out this valuable breakdown of who are teachers are, how much they earn and how much (hint: a lot!) they work.


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Mary Williamson
Mary Williamson4 years ago

What do they really make? Well, they make lots of interesting things like getting their students learn, teaching everyone values, and something like that. I visit the website that tackles everything about teachers and mentors in America and it was really interesting. I got a lot of lessons from them and I am very much inspired

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

I have had some incredible teachers. I have also had a handful of teachers who ought not teach (a couple who knew less on their subject than the students)...

Debbie Miller
Debbie Miller4 years ago

ty for sharing this info

Amandine S.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

GGma Sheila D.
GGmaSheila D4 years ago

Not enough pay when you consider that teachers now days have 3 times as much to cram into childrens brains than they did back in the 50s and early 60s when I went to school.

Until I sat down and really thought about it I didn't realize how much history I have seen, heard, read, or been part of. From Kruschev's shoe pounding, to the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, to my algebra class when I heard of President Kennedy being shot. That's only the start...man walks on moon, women's lib & Roe v Wade...on and on. Factor in the Religious Extremists wanting to have creationism taught...all the presidents we've had in that time...From Viet Nam thru to Afghanistan, to Kuwait and all the places in-between...the Cold War........On and On.

All of that being taught in the same time frame as I had (with far less to learn and remember). Factor in bullying, school shootings, crime and drugs...dealing with bully parents, working or absentee parents...

Nope, not enough pay for what they have to do in such a short space of time. Do NOT want that job.

Vicky P.
Vicky P4 years ago

Not a lot at all

Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

It's a matter of effectiveness

Walt G.
Walt G4 years ago

Walt- Con't
Making sure students who are hungry have something to eat.
As for those 'week-long' teaching assistants....the vast majority of them I've known over the past 10 years have been equally self-sacrificing and hard-working. My coworker and I have spent many lunch hours this year....dealing (with the teacher) with behavioural issues...and stayed behind 30-45 or more minutes AFTER they stop paying us....supervising detentions, remonstrating with slackers, dealing again with outbursts....backing up the teacher all the way. I am proud to know and work with these professional people.

Walt G.
Walt G4 years ago

Simon S said:"
It's now common to criticise Education for not 'Teaching what's needed for a job' but for delivering instead 'Useless facts and trendy opinions'. This message is delivered at least once a day by every tabloid. That only a broad education prepares for a changing job market is neither here nor there.
In the UK, structures are in place to replace qualified (Expensive_ teachers with (Cheaper, non-unionised) teaching assistants. The teachers will have an 'Executive role'. The idea is that it;'s a waste of such academic qualifications just mixing with kids. People who took a weeks course can do it instead."

It would be nice if the opinions expressed were at least based on facts, no matter how skewed. Where I work and live....Education Assistants ARE unionized....and, no, we do NOT 'teach'...that is the teachers' job. We ASSIST....we IMPLEMENT programs devised and set in place by the Teacher...and sometimes work WITH the teacher in fine-tuning an approach for a particular student.

And...NO...one does NOT become a 'Teaching Assistant' in a 'week(s)'-long course, it usually ranges from one to two years....for a salary that is close to one third that of a teacher's.

In the 10 years I've been working in elementary and secondary schools.....I have to say that the majority of teachers I've worked with and observed are dedicated individuals....who work far longer hours than school hours, and who very often spend their OWN money on supplies, on making sure students