29k annual income for a first year teacher

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  1. jennie

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    Is that high or low?
     
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    It depends on the area too. Around here that would be considered low. In the area I grew up in (an hour and a half from where I live) that would be considered high.
     
  4. Jem

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    I started at 32k in Michigan.
     
  5. brandi0718

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    I live in Mississippi and started out last year at 33K
     
  6. shasha379

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    I started at 33K, and thats only because I was an intern teacher. Here that would be considered way low, but if you live in an area with a low cost of living its not so bad. I know some people who would be glad to take that.
     
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    I agree w/stg. It really depends on where you live. That was average where I use to teach. But that is extremely low for districts in my area which star at 39k.
     
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    It's right on target where I live
     
  9. MsG

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    At the private school I taught at I made $20k my first year teaching. (Super low...) Now I'm at $37 in public school.
     
  10. Superteacher81

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    I made 25K my first year teaching about 5 years ago in NC. My rent was only $550 and I only had a $200 car payment so somehow I managed. Today, I would not be able to live on that!
     
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    Depends on the area. I know a teacher that started at $27,000 for the 2006-2007 school year. I started at $32,000 this year.
     
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    As everyone else has said, it depends on the area and your education. In my home district, that figure would be fairly high. In the district I'm in now, that would be quite a bit low.
     
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    I am in GA, two hours from Atlanta, and I just got hired for my first teaching job ever, other than volunteer tutoring, and found out I have to begin at intern pay at $32K, till I finish a certification program. (I'm a career changer)

    I mentioned the situation to the principal and she reassured me I could make more doing afterschool and summer school. If you love the school or district, or simply need experience like me, perhaps you could consider the position and supplement that way.
     
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    That's about right for central Illinois.
     
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    In my area most first year teachers are starting out anywhere between 48,000 -50,000+. That is without a Master's Degree also. But of course I live in one of the highest cost of living areas in the US. Perhaps you would get the salary you are mentioning in a private or religious school in my area.
     
  16. bobcatkristi

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    That's pretty standard for first year teachers here in South Arkansas but where I use to live in Northwest Arkansas it wasn't uncommon to be started at between 38k and 40k.
     
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    Definitely depends on the area. In NJ, I started at $42,000 and change 4 years ago. But, the cost of living is also much higher in this area.
     
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    Ditto! Depends a lot on cost of living.
     
  19. Miss D 530

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    That's low for my area, this was my first year teaching and I started at 46, I'll make 47 next year
     
  20. Miss D 530

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    I don't have a masters either..
     
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    I find these posts so interesting! I live in an area where I could work in any one of three districts (all public). With only a BA and Elementary Certification, the lowest starting salary would be $37K, and the highest is $40K. I am only willing to work in 2 of the 3 districts, and I am limiting my commute to 20 miles or less (or I would end up in the red for gas money -- and that's in a Nissan Sentra!). Until recent years, the cost of living was pretty low around here, but we caught up with the real estate boom, and now with oil causing everything else to go up....
     
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    Are you talking about me CMcd? I started at 27,000 (though I swear on my tax returns it says I made 26,000). Anyway state of Maine requires this year that all first year teachers and second year make 30,000 or more.
     
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    As another NJ teacher, I can tell you that 5 years ago I started out at $35,000...my current district will be starting at $42,101 for the 2008-9 school year. I teach in a public school. I know that for some private schools in the area where I live and teach, that would be close to the normal pay.
     
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    It is interesting to compare by country. I have converted the US dollars to Australian dollars and in the public education system here in Queensland, Australia a graduate would start on US$40,000 per annum. In Victoria the starting salary is US$44,500 and Western Australia US$35,000. I shoul add that state education departments pay more for rural postings and in some areas provide housing.

    So US$29,000 is low.
     
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    I started off making 40,000 my first year. I live in Alaska.
     
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    I'm in AZ and I'll be starting at $35,500.
     
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    Public School teachers in NY get paid anywhere from 45,000- 51,400 (starting salary Bachelors-Masters)
     
  28. Missy99

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    In Houston and surrounding areas, first-year public school teachers with a bachelor's start at around $42-43K, with additonal pay for master's and higher degrees, and stipends from $1-3K for bilingual and math & science teachers.
     
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    i started around $29,000. after two years i'm up to $32,000. it definetly depends on the school district and where it is located. the district next to us starts at $32,000.

    LC
     
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    jennie -- are you in Los Angeles or Louisiana? Couldn't decide what the "la" in your location stood for.
     
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    No, I was talking about a teacher that I worked with during my student teaching here in Indiana.
     
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    It's higher than what I make right now, sigh...but much lower than what I could make in a public school, once I finish my credential work. (I'm at a private school for now.) In my area, starting salaries appear to be close to $40K/yr (ranging from maybe $37K to $42K, based on what I've seen on edjoin and district sites). I agree that it ranges widely by area--just as how far that money will go ranges widely by area!
     
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    It really depends on the area you teach in and the cost of living. I live in one of the most expensive parts of the country unfortunately, so even though my salary is higher, so is everything else...
     
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    I'm in NY... I would need another full time job with that salary. :(
     
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    I just finished my first year and I made about that this year.
     
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    I'll be teaching in North Jersey in a private school, which is giving me as a 1st year teacher high 30's but amazing benefits. I see some of the public school teachers in the same area making $48 starting out, but I really do think the pros of private school help balance things out :)
     
  37. MsMar

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    Around here pays $38-$43K to start. Cost of living is quite high.
     

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