Teacher salaries have risen by nearly threefold in the past 20 years, but the pay of those in the teaching profession has remained stagnant.
But what are teachers teaching us?
In this series, New York magazine looks at what the profession teaches us and why, in an effort to better understand the future of the profession.
Teachers can help.
But we have a lot of work to do.
The good news: there are good teachers out there who will help us get better.
Teacher Salary History The average salary for a teaching assistant is $15,827 per year.
The average salary of a teaching teacher is $45,872 per year, according to a study by the American Association of Colleges and Employers (AACE).
Teachers earn an average of $25,085 per year in teaching.
At Teach For America, which began in 2000, the median teaching salary for women is $33,976.
For a full list of Teach For American teachers, click here.
Teacher salaries are rising for some reasons.
First, the profession is becoming more diverse.
In the past decade, the number of women teaching has increased and teachers with diverse backgrounds are increasingly sought after by employers.
Second, the education of teachers has improved over the last decade.
Teaching, like most professions, has been impacted by the recent economic downturn, which impacted many teachers, especially minorities.
Third, and perhaps most importantly, the rise in teachers’ salaries has benefited people of color.
Teachers are more likely to have lower incomes than their white counterparts.
As a result, teachers who teach for less pay are more vulnerable to financial stress, especially if they are low-income and from low-skill, low-wage communities.
The bottom line is that teachers who have been through the system and have a hard time paying their bills and living on their own are at a greater risk of losing their jobs and becoming homeless.
But that’s not the case for everyone.
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