Does having a Master's degree make it more difficult to get hired? Even before the economic downturn, I heard from a few people that districts generally do not like to hire teachers with advanced degrees since they will have to pay them higher salaries. This situation has supposedly gotten worse with the recent budget cuts and pink slips. Of course, I've also been told that a way to get around this is to earn a Master's after hiring... So, to what extent is this a fact or a myth??