Thankfully, teacher salaries have been going up in many places over the past few years. The average teacher salary in my town in 1999 was $37,000 and in 2005 it was $54,000. Granted, they may have more teachers now that have been teaching longer which would raise the average, but it has definitely gone up significantly. The thing that gets me, though, is that the starting salary for teachers in my area is roughly $30,000 or so and my fiance makes more than that in an entry level designer position with no degree. When you look at it that way, it seems as though society does not recognize our worth, but it does appear that people are starting to wake up and smell the coffee!