Teacher Income Data
Median annual wages of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school
teachers ranged from $47,100 to $51,180 in May 2008; the lowest 10 percent
earned $30,970 to $34,280; the top 10 percent earned $75,190 to $80,970.
According to the American Federation of Teachers, beginning teachers with a
bachelor's degree earned an average of $33,227 in the 2005-2006 school year.
In 2008, of the majority 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 salaries,
hours, and other terms and conditions of employment.
Teachers can boost their earnings 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. Although private school teachers generally earn less
than public school teachers, they may be given other benefits, such as free or
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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