What is a general salary for teachers?
Median annual earnings of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and
secondary school teachers ranged from $41,400 to $45,920 in May
2004; the lowest 10 percent earned $26,730 to $31,180; the top 10
percent earned $66,240 to $71,370. Median earnings for preschool
teachers were $20,980.
According to the American Federation of Teachers, beginning
teachers with a bachelor's degree earned an average of $31,704 in
the 2003-04 school year. The estimated average salary of all public
elementary and secondary school teachers in the 2003-04 school year
was $46,597. Private school teachers generally earn less than
public school teachers, but may be given other benefits, such as
free or subsidized housing.
According to a salary survey conducted by the National
Association of Colleges and Employers, bachelor's degree candidates
in pre-elementary teacher education received starting offers
averaging $29,246 a year in 2005; candidates with a bachelor's
degree in elementary teacher education received starting offers
averaging $30,904; candidates with a bachelor's degree in secondary
education received starting offers averaging $31,845.
In 2004, more than half of all elementary, middle, and secondary
school teachers belonged to unions-mainly the American Federation
of Teachers and the National Education Association-that bargain
with school systems over wages, hours, and other terms and
conditions of employment. Fewer preschool and kindergarten teachers
were union members-about 17 percent in 2004.
Teachers can boost their salary in a number of ways. In some
schools, teachers receive extra pay for coaching sports and working
with students in extracurricular activities. Getting a master's
degree or national certification often results in a raise in pay,
as does acting as a mentor. Some teachers earn extra income during
the summer by teaching summer school or performing other jobs in
the school system.