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View Poll Results: How much should a veteran teacher be paid?
<30K Part time pay for part time work 9 12.33%
30K - 40K 5 6.85%
40K - 50K 11 15.07%
50K - 60K 16 21.92%
60K - 70K 15 20.55%
> 70K 17 23.29%
Voters: 73. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-23-2010, 07:19 PM
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Default how much should teachers be paid

With all the talk of over paid teachers, I'm wondering what people think the profession should pay. So, what do you think an experienced teacher should be earning?
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:22 PM
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Why do I always notice typos AFTER I hit post. That's Veteran teachers. I'm tired....

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Old 11-23-2010, 07:29 PM
 
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You could have a bad or a good teacher with 15 yrs in. But I voted 60-70. I just wish we could fire the bad teachers.
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Morgantown, WV
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Taking into consideration how greatly pay varies from area to area and situation to situation. I'd say a realistic starting point of $35-$40K for an area with average cost of living, a 5 year salary of $45-$50K, a 10 year salary of $60-$65K, and then a max salary after 15 years at $70-$80K. In this day and age I really don't think it would be fair to start out any lower, especially.

This is so tough to answer though becasue you're talking the potential difference of $29K starting for a rural district or $45K starting for an urban district in addition to cost of living craziness....I mean $35k in West Virginia is doable while $35k in DC would be impossible. Max salaries for unionized states, continuous steps for non-union states, health care differentials, etc, etc, etc...way too many variables to consider.
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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At what point are you an experienced teacher?
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:33 PM
 
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At what point are you an experienced teacher?
Most of the research shows teachers to be effective after 5-8 yrs.
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:42 PM
 
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I agree with the pay scale for teachers, that is tied to longevity, and further education. The longer you teach, the better you are as a teacher, and the more education you have, the better you are as a teacher. I do think though, that top pay should be reserved for teachers who demonstrate their commitment, and professionalism. A National Board Certified Teacher should have top pay, and mentor newer teachers. New teachers, should not expect to make more than $30,000.
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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You could have a bad or a good teacher with 15 yrs in. But I voted 60-70. I just wish we could fire the bad teachers.
The only reason "bad teachers" are still in the classroom is because the administrators did not do their jobs. With proper documentation anyone can be dismissed. Unfortunately, most admins do not want to do the documentation required. It's really a shame.
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Would always be nice to earn a little more! Here in Australia (the state of New South Wales), a first year teacher with a four year degree can expect to start on approx $55,000 pa. I have a friend who has been teaching for about 3 years and earns around $70,000. Most primary school teachers that I know of earn around the 70-80 mark. For a deputy principal, it's about $115,000 a year, and a principal, $135,000 a year. The rates are generally higher for secondary schools. Casual teachers earn around $280-$320 a day. These figures are all for government schools. The teachers union here is constantly pushing for pay increases.
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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New teachers, should not expect to make more than $30,000.
The poll is too broad. As TelecasterBlues mentioned, the salary is going to vary depending upon the cost of living in the area. Around here (Northern VA/DC metro), a new teacher would have trouble on a salary of $30k. For this area, I would say a first year teacher should make a salary no less than $45k, which is just a few hundred over the current starting salary. At that salary, many first year teachers live at home or have roommates.
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