Do you feel you are paid well?

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  1. amethyst

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    How many years of experience do you have?

    If you have a master's degree, how much more do you make than before you had it.

    If anyone wants to post their actual salary, that'd be great, too (but obviously you don't have to).

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Aliceacc

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    I think I'm fairly paid. But more than that, I think the administrators for whom I work are an extraordinary group of people. It's a pleasure to work for and with them.

    I have a Master's Degree, but I've had it since 1984; I have no idea what the pay differential was.

    This is my 23rd year teaching. When I started in 1980, my annual salary was $9,700.
     
  4. Hoot Owl

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    This is year 20 for me. Once upon a time, I was a stay at home mom too. I have my Masters and make $3,500.00 more a year. I think I'm very well paid for the amount of time I put in, I work 180 days a year-no vacation time mind you, but nevertheless, I'm pretty well paid compared to the others in my community.
     
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    I think I am paid very well. I receive regular pay plus a nice stipend for being a bilingual teacher.
     
  6. Missy99

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    As Grandpa Simpson would say to Bart, "That was back when a dime was worth a thousand dollars!" :lol:

    I hope you are making several more dimes nowadays :)
     
  7. Arky

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    This is my 23rd year. I feel I am paid well. Compared to all my friends not in teaching, I make the most with the exception of one.

    I started out in 1981 at 11,234. I thought that was so wonderful. I will never forget that amount.:lol:
     
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    I'm an aide. I think for my job I'm paid fairly well. I make double what I started out making 4 years ago. I'm pleased with that. The only thing I might not like is the fact that beginning secretaries make what I do four years into my job. I think I should at least get that kind of equitable pay. In order to do that, the teachers would need an increase in pay. In general though, I can't complain because my raise has gone up significantly.
     
  9. Muttling

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    My masters gives me a 10% pay boost and I have mixed feelings on the pay. If it were a 40 hour job it would be good pay, but it's not. However, we do get some pretty spiffy benefits including great medical and summers off.

    As for comparisons with other fields, I took a 40% pay cut (not including the loss of stock options and proffit sharing) to come to teaching.
     
  10. Mrs. K.

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    I work in a district that pays well. When I finish my MA next month, I'll move up to the last column on the pay scale and get a bump of about $3,500 in addition to the yearly step.

    If you're interested in a particular part of the country, spend some time looking at the web sites of school districts. Mine publishes the salary schedule in the Personnel area.
     
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    I think I get paid well for only working 32 hours a week. I leave for work after most people and get home well before my neighbors so I can't complain.
    I will begin my masters in the fall and, upon completion, will see even better yearly increases than I get now. My health insurance is amazingly cheap at only $70 per month for a family plan. My co pay is only $20. I am not complaining.
    I thank my lucky stars that I have a great job to go to every day.
     
  12. kimrandy1

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    My co-pays are only $5! And our health insurance is also very cheap - about $110 a month to cover a family of 5 for vision, dental, health and life insurance.

    However, DH started working for the federal gov around the same time I started teaching. We made almost the same amount - I made about $1000 a year more. I also had a BA degree, and he had no degree.

    Fifteen years later, I have a master's and he has a BS. I've taken 2 years off, when you add all of the months together that I've taken maternity leave. He now outearns me by almost triple. And I work more hours a week than he does, if you add the time that I work on grades and assesments at home, before and after school, on weekends, etc. He's a gov. employee - he does his 8.5 hours a day and he's outta there - and brings home no work. I spend about 8 hours a day at school (from 8-4 is our contracted time) and then coach a school running club and work on stuff at home for about another 10-15 hours a week.

    So, no, compared to other similar professions, I dpn't think I'm paid fairly. IF I had to support a family in this area on my income alone, we'd probably qualify for reduced meals at school. However, that is all tempered by the fact that I love what I do, I love my school, and I went into this knowing that I was never going to make it rich while teaching. I love the summers off, too!!!!!!

    Kim
     
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    I make a nice amount of money--the specialist degree really cranked it up.

    But I also strongly feel that I earn it all, and that I could make a lot more for what I do if there was a job in which you...

    ...supervise 25 young people
    ...teach them a huge amount of skills so that they are proficient on a test in which the test content is kept secret from the trainer
    ...have no choice/screening as to who is in the training program
    (IQ's from intellectually handicapped to high functioning)
    ....have little input into the contents of the training program
    ... do this all in one room
    ... with no telephone
    ... and a thirty-minute (if that) lunch break

    also
    ... be expected to attend additional meetings at 7:00 at night
    ... be at the beck and call of the parents of these trainees, most of who do not understand the training program
    ... keep paperwork on the progress of each individual
    ... pay to attend seminars and classes in order to maintain my license to train these individuals

    I'm sure there's more, but if it were all put it all in business-type language, I'd think most people in the business world would say this individual should be paid far more than I am.
     
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    I feel I am paid fairly well. I teach in a small rural school so my base salary is in the mid-20's, BUT I do drive a bus full-time which makes for a really nice paycheck. The only problem I've seen so far is that the more you make, the more you spend and I've certainly found that to be the case!
     
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    Yes, I would think I am... it would feel more like I was if it weren't for debt I'm paying off... lol.

    When I worked at a mental hospital teaching on the child unit in 1998 I got 20K. I was finishing my masters while there. I got my current job and during my exit interview at the hospital I told them that the current BS pay was 28K and MS was 32K. Now, if I had stayed there - no, I would not be well paid... year around, only 6 days off during the year, so-so insurance. Public teaching job... yes, doing rather well now.
     
  16. Ima Teacher

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    I'm on year 16, and I finished my masters halfway through my third year. I have earned an extra $3000 per year since then.

    My salary puts me in the upper earning jobs in my community. My friends who make similar salaries all work more days and hours per year than I do. I do work more hours at home, but I don't have to do that. I choose to put in the extra time.
     
  17. Crzy_ArtTeacher

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    I guess I wouldn't know anything other than what I'm being paid now, so I think it's good! I'm used to running my fanny off for cash each night waitressing so it's a bit different now. I'm very happy with what I'm paid and I don't know what I'd even do with a paycheck bigger than what I get every two weeks (around 850.00).
     
  18. MsMar

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    I think I'm paid fairly. I'm going to start my Masters next year. I forget what the pay raise for it is though. Dh is also a teacher and his pay raise was not that much for a Masters, I think $1500 for the year. No tuition reimbursement for him. He got the Masters mainly because he wanted to, not for the money. With the cost of paying for it it will take years to recoup the cost based on the salary increase.
     
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    I don't think I'm paid fairly, but I'm first year no Masters. I know once I'm into the swing of things and have my Masters I'll be doing fine in a few years. I have to think positively because this year I'm broke and overworked! :)
     
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    I honestly don't think I'm paid fairly...
    I make a lot less than the average income in the surrounding area. I work my tail off at all times and work summers to supplement my income. I have friends my age who have other careers that make a ton more. (and work a lot less might I add)

    Alot of this has to do with the area I live in...if I made what I make where I grew up (a rural area) I would be sitting pretty :)

    I'm a third year teacher and I make about 47,000. (I live in an area with a high cost of living.)
     
  21. myKroom

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    I think I am not paid fairly at all!!! To top that off our arrogant school board didn't want to give us a pay increase this year...not one penny!! Well...when threatened with arbitration they opened the wallets just a little!

    I am in my 3rd year teaching in a rural district. I know I am going to make less then people living in the bigger city just south of us...and I'm alright with that. But we are talking a STARTING salary that is a 10K+ difference to my 3rd year salary!!! That's ridiculous!!!!

    And my district wonders why they can't keep teachers or administrators??!! Hmmmm...let me think! :rolleyes:
     
  22. Securis

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    AFT says Mississippi ranked 47th in average teacher pay for 06-07.

    With 4 years under my belt, I'm making more money than I ever have. I'd like more but it's just enough at this time. I was away from teaching for 4 years. I was paid approx $28 K for 3 years experience in my first district with two state pay raises throughout that three year period. Started at $24K in 2000. I came back to $32K. That's a $4K jump. So, as the experiential table shows, with a class A license, that I'll get a $495 pay increase, not including the district supplement. After taxes(?) that might work out to $25-30 extra a month over the course of next year.

    It's the district supplement that makes the difference here. Larger tax base, larger supplement. All districts are required to offer some amount, even as low as $1. I've seen supplements as large as $4K a year. Our coastal counties have the population to support that. Those near Memphis, Jackson, Tupelo also have higher supplements.

    Cost of living offsets the usefulness of those amounts but it's nice to think about.

    Do I think I'm paid fairly? :unsure:
     

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