Got a job offer, but the pay is low!

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  1. massteacher

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    Hi All-
    I just received a job offer (I am a first year teacher), with a Masters, and the offer is for 36,000 a year. Is it acceptable to negotiate the pay (I was hoping for 38000), or should I accept the offer? It's for a charter, so I'm not sure if there are pay raises each year, or what. Any advice, or advice for questions that I should ask the administrator when I speak to him? Thank you so much!
     
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  3. wdwteach

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    Wow. Here the starting pay with a Master's is around 30,000. Maybe less than that. There is nothing wrong with asking for a salary schedule so you can see what the raises are like.
     
  4. ms.

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    You could ask if there are coaching/extracurricular opportunities. I did for my current job.
     
  5. FarFromHome

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    With my Master's I will make $30,400 next year. It would have been $36,000, but there is a pay freeze and cut. I would take the job.

    Oh, and it will be my 4th year.
     
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    wow...really? Masters and on 30k??? starting here is 45k...with bachelors... didn't know it was so much lower elsewhere
     
  7. Missy

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    massteacher,

    Is this a public school or something else? Does the district have an association and a contract? These are things we need to know to help you.
     
  8. collteach

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    Had I taken a job in the public schools here, I would have made $37,000 with 6 years experience and a Master's. Thankfully, I got in with the stateside DOD schools again, and they pay teachers very well.

    If you are able to live on $36,000 in your area...I would ask about future compensation (do they get raises, step increases, etc), but accept the job if nothing else seems to be out there. You will gain valuable experience, and if you decide you need to try for a different job later...you will be more competitive.
     
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    Here 0 years experience with a Masters is $41,500. Our cost of living is low, too.

    Just decide on if that will be enough to live on where you live.
     
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    Massteacher- I think you will just have to figure out if you can live off that salary. I don't know what your cost of living is like, but I was able to get by on that salary in Northern Virginia, not too far outside of DC. I took a job 1 month into the school year, so that dropped my salary down to $36,000! That is scary low for around here. But I made it through the year, I just had to keep my spending to a minimum.

    Now I'm making about $48,000 with my masters in my third year.
     
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    I would definitely ask to see the pay scale. Most schools/districts aren't negotiable, however.

    I've been frozen at 35,000 going into my 5th year. It's definitely not enough to live on as a single person trying to build savings.
     
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    The difference between what you were offered and what you were hoping for is $2,000 a year before taxes.

    I think I would let it ride, especially in this economy and with no experience.
     
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    My school starts a Masters at $33,000. If you take the job you can at least get experience. I personally think $2,000 difference is not a deal breaker. You could make that up with a PT job if you wanted. I took a pay cut (more than that) for my current position. :D
     
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    I always figured that if that salary wasn't enough for me, the district would certainly be able to find someone who thought it was more than enough. Perhaps if your area was very specialized and they couldn't easily find applicants, you might be in a position to bargain but not in this economy. No areas seem to be so specialized anymore.

    Figure out a realistic budget including all utilities, groceries, rent, dining out, misc. shopping, etc. See if you can reasonably get by on 36K. My hunch is that if 38K was desired, you can easily get by with 2K less with just slight modifications.

    Do ask if there is a salary schedule or pay increases. Also ask if there are any extra opportunities like pay for monitoring detention, lunch duty, etc. At my district things like that are built into the contract but some districts offer them as a supplemental position.
     
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    This is a charter school, with a contract. The contract said it's for one year, with renewal by June 15 every year.
     
  16. massteacher

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    Thanks so much for your advice yesterday. I am grateful for even getting a position in this economy, and I am SO excited to have my own classroom and be working with the children! I'm going to take it, but ask about the salary increases in the future, etc. Thanks so much!
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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    Congrats on your new job! I started many years ago but at the time the job market wasn't great either. I ended up moving away from home and taking a job in a private school for much less then what I would have made if I could have landed a job in a public school close to home. At that time I would have been starting about about 33000 with a 4-year degree at home and took a job for 27000. I'm very glad I took the job as it ended up being a great school and I was able to gain the experience I needed to get a job close to home. I had friends who waited several years to get jobs.

    Our pay scales are quite different here in Canada but then taxes eat up about 40% or more of our pay most times. I'm always surprised when I see the salaries.
     
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    Congrats on the job. You can always tutor, coach, pick up other extracurricular duties to boost your bottom line.
     
  21. Mrs Ski

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    Yeah 2K wouldn't make me turn down a job. Congrats on the offer.
     
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    exactly what I was thinking. Should be a crime to pay that ANYWHERE in the US.
     
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    Congrats on the job!
     
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    Congrats on the job! I agree with your choice- take the job and ask about the salary guide/steps so you have an idea as to what lies ahead in the future. I don't know how charter schools are set up, but I know my district has a 3 year contract and we can see our salary guide for those three years. Hopefully you will make jumps. But just remember, the experience will be worth more to you than that $2K :)

    I'm off to add you to our jobs list!!
     
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    Congrats on the new job!! :thumb:
     
  26. massteacher

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    This charter does it by year or "term"..so right now I'm signing a contract for the 2010, 2011 academic year, and then I'll be notified of June next year regarding whether or not the appointment will be renewed for the next academic year.

    Has this happened to other people as well?


    Thanks for the well wishes everyone!!
     
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    That sounds a lot like our non-tenured contracts, although we are told by law (in NJ) by May 15th if non-tenureds will be back or not. After 3 years and 1 day (in NJ), the contracts become pretty much automatic and you won't be let go unless there is a major issue or the budget is so bad that lay off all non-tenureds and move into tenureds too.

    However, I should've said that our UNION has a contract with the district to show salary guides and such for 3 years at a time.

    Definitely ask...you have a right to know :) (about benefits too!)
     
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    Oh and you are officially on the jobs list too! ;)
     
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    Congrats on the job!!
     
  30. teaching4God

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    WOW, I only make 33,000 with a bachelors and 3 yrs experience.
     
  31. teachnew

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    I'm in MA and starting my first year teaching with a Masters at $42,500. That salary sounds low for MA, and since it is a charter school I think you may have some negotiating power. My school is a public school and has a no-negotiating salary schedule with steps. if the school does not have that, my feeling is that you have some wiggle room.
     
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    Congratulations! I once turned down a job because of salary, but it was 20K lower than I had made! 2K is a small difference! Good luck in your new job!!
     
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    Good luck! You have to start somewhere, and especially in this economy I wouldnt be picky. I would work at this school for a year, see how you like it and if the pay is really too low, then I would look for something else. Good luck!!
     
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    I got offered a "possible" position at a private school . The pay was only ten dollars an hour! I expressed to the director how I am looking for something with a higher salary. I'm not crazy to turn this down right? I figure I should keep looking since it's only half way through the summer, and substituting is probably better than a 400 dollar a week paycheck :/
     
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    rockangel - I would agree that subbing is better than that pay ;). Good luck with your job search.
     

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