private school pay as of 2011

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  1. jessiiteach

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    I applied for a job at a private school and learned the pay is $12 and hour, 36 hours a week. Is this the norm for private schools? If not, what does your school pay you?
     
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    Wow! I do not know what the norm is, but that does not seem right to me. I get paid an average of the school districts in my area.
     
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    I work in a public school, but I know that in my area, private school teachers are salaried employees, not hourly. They make less than a public school teacher, on average. It really depends on the school as to how much less. We have a few schools that don't require their teachers to be certified, and they tend to pay much less. We have some very highly regarded college prep schools that pay very nearly what I make.

    If you think this is the only possible job you'll be offered, and you can afford to live on that salary (perhaps you still live at home?), then take it for the experience of teaching.
     
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    I am salaried as well and make about 80% of what the local public school teachers make.
     
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    I am salaried. My salary is an average of 10 local school districts.

    I now make EIGHT TIMES the salary I made when I started teachng.
     
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    At my previous private school, my contract SAID a salary of less than $25,000/yr, but I was really getting paid at $10/hr. Low pay is usually the norm with most private schools.
     
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    Based on a 9-month school year, that hourly wage works out to around $15k per year, I think.

    Even in the lowest-paying private schools that I know about, full-time teachers make at least $18k, and most of them make around $25k-30k. I think that $15k is very, very low. I also think that it's weird that it's an hourly wage rather than a salary. I've typically only seen hourly wages given when the position is for a preschool.
     
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    I thought the hourly was strange too. It is a fourth grade class with 8 students. I might take it for the experience, since it is higher pay than what I earn as a nanny.
     
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    Our school matches the local district's salary charts. I think the salary you describe is incredibly low.
     
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    We try to keep up with local districts/cost of living expenses. I think it comes out to being super close to what I would be making in the local town middle school.
     
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    My school pays 96% of the 3 parish area. 2 of the parishes are the highest pay in the state. My private school however has much better benefits--my insurance (PPO) and retirement are 100% paid by the school. They pay 5% of our yearly salary into a 401B and we can contribute up to 6% of our salary and they match 3% of that.
     
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    That's a good point, chemteach.

    OP, did they offer you a benefits package? What's it like? Mine is similar to chemteach's package, plus tuition benefits for my son.
     
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    Yikes! Most private schools don't pay as much as public schools, but that is crazy low. Do you realize that you could actually make more than that even subbing in a public school?
    ETA: Unless this is a preschool? If so, that would be pretty typical.
     
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    We also have tuition benefits--I forget about them because my kids are all in college. Tuition is about $10,000 per year and teachers get it at half price.
     
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    I do get paid less than I did in Public School, and I am salaried, but the benefits of no paperwork or ARDs make up for it, but I only make $8000 less than I did as a Public School teacher with 9 years experience. If I worked it out to an hourly pay I make $22 and hour or $817 a week. I am in Texas so I am not sure what the normal payscale in your state would be. I am also at an accredited Private school, so we must be certified so the pay would be higher. If the Private School is not accredited, the teachers do not have to be certified, therefore they do not pay as much. HTH
     
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    I am a first-year teacher, and my private school salary is about the same as the average public school salary (teachers at my school are required to be licensed). I was offered a job at another private school in the area, and they pay their teachers substantially less. I think it depends on the school, but my salary is on par with that of public school teachers.
     
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    My pay is about $6-7k less than the public schools in the area.
    My previous salary was below poverty status, embarrassing to say the least.
     
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    Not all private schools require certification or lower pay without it.
     
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    I have a master's and am state certified. I work for a very small school and I make about half of what public school employees bring home. We also do not have benefits at our school.
     
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    I work at a school that is higher paying compared to other private schools in the state. I'll be starting my 4th year of teaching (2nd year teaching at this school) and will be making $44,000 before taxes.

    I pay $30 for my health coverage (school pays the rest), $4 for dental coverage, and I get free eye sight coverage. I believe I'm putting around 10% of my monthly salary towards retirement and my school is matching it (that's why I have over $12,000 saved in my retirement fund-- not bad for a 26-year-old). We do get tuition discounts, but I don't have any children yet so not a big deal. Also, they included an $80,000 life insurance policy.
     
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    I make about 75% what the local public school teachers make. However, with the changes to teacher's unions in Wisconsin, I may end up making more!
     
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    Same here. With a masters degree in ed, I am making below poverty level. The benefits aren't that good either but it is experience.
     
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    I worked in a private school during the 2006-2007 school year and made $10.40/hour for 30 hours a week with no benefits. I made roughly $13k that year as a licensed teacher. Clearly, I was only able to do that for one year.
     
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    I make about 30% less than the public schools.
    But, I don't want to teach in public schools that are available. I have non-monetary benefits at my school that I don't have other places. I have more freedom, I am able to be more creative, I am expected to get the job done, but the how is up to me. I love that.

    It is always good to get experience. If no other job is available, go for it!
     
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    Teachers at my school make less than public but I would say that their workload is a lot less also.
     

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