How much does a teacher make? Teachers earn a good salary after they are established in their industry for a number of years. Once teachers reach a high number of years teaching their salary can be excellent. Teachers work hard, often putting in after hours grading papers and attending or supervising school events. Teachers typically have good benefits and a good amount of scheduled time off during school vacation times and summer vacation.
Teachers help foster social and intellectual development of children during their formative years. The education that students acquire is key to determining the future of those students. Teachers teach children to write, do math, read, learn correct social behavior in class, explain information while teaching and more. Teachers use a number of devices to help children learn, including computers, games and videos.
Public school teachers are licensed to teach, requiring a bachelor's degree and completion of a teacher education program. Private school teachers must also have a bachelor's degree but do not need to be licensed to teach in private schools.
How much does a teacher make per hour?
According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report, public school teachers in the U.S. earned $34.06 per hour in 2005. The report shows that public school teachers on average are paid 61% more per hour than private school teachers nationwide. The same BLS report states that the average non-sales white-collar worker and average professional specialty and technical worker are paid less than the average public school teacher who was paid 36% more per hour.
Payscale.com shows hourly rates for teachers in 2010 from grammar school to high school as follows:
Elementary School Teacher $13.18
High School Teacher $14.98
Special Education Teacher $12.81
Substitute Teacher, K-12 $11.94
Middle School Teacher $14.87
Secondary School Teacher $14.88
Special Education Teacher $15.14
How much does a teacher make per year?
The median yearly salary for kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers according to a May 2008 Bureau of Labor Statistics report ranged from $47,100 to $51,180.
Payscale.com lists the median salary of teachers with number of teaching years experience:
K-12 Teacher 1 Year Experience $34.443
K-12 Teacher 1-4 Years Experience $37,239
K-12 Teacher 5-9 Years Experience $42,736
K-12 Teacher 10-19 Years Experience $49,589
K-12 Teacher 20 Years Or More Experience $57,530
Payscale.com shows the national median salaries in 2010 for high school teachers to be $35,898 to $53,624 with bonuses.
Payscale.com lists a number of industries teachers are involved in and their annual salary range:
Popular Industries Salary Range
Education, K-12 Schools $36,144 – $53,744
Education $36,385 – $54,139
School District $36,219 – $53,745
Education, College/University $36,580 – $54,412
Government $39,812 – $58,851
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