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  1. silverspoon65

    silverspoon65 Enthusiast

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    Now being nosy - just curious. I saw on the other thread about is teaching work that our salaries seem to be all over the place. So you don't have to put YOUR salary, but maybe an average and what the starting is.

    I started at around $35k in DE and that was 8 years ago. When I left there I was making about $60K but that was with dept chair duties, too, and a Master's. Excellent benefits - PPO, vision, dental, everything was covered. 2 classes a year were fully covered. We had a salary scale that moved up every year of service.

    Here I am not quite making $50K, but that's with no extra duties. I don't understand our scale at all - it isn't done by years - I think the way you move up is completely arbitrary. We have to pay some for benefits, and we have a high deductible plan with limited vision and dental. We can take 2 classes a year but they are only partially covered.

    The area of DE I lived in was probably somewhat more expensive on a regular basis as far as groceries, restaurants, etc go, but I think living in PA is a lot more expensive than DE in general.

    Anyone else who doesn't mind sharing? I am really interested in the differences, and if you think it reflects your cost of living.
     
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    In my area the starting salary is a little more than $32000. Top of the scale after 25+ years is a little over $50000. Limited medical, vision, dental. A couple thousand more for advanced degrees. I think the median price of a house here is just under $200,000 so, it's tough to buy a house here on just that income. Utilities and groceries are not outrageous.
     
  4. Pisces_Fish

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    I'll post mine, whatever. I make 29,000 - and literally half my monthly salary goes to the govt or my health insurance!
     
  5. KinderCowgirl

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    We start at just over $40,000 in our district. But our benefits stink (high deductibles and then 20% co-payments for EVERYthing after that) and are going to get more expensive this year :(. I take home about $2,800/month and I've been teaching for this district for 8 years. We didn't get any kind of increase at all this year, usually it's a couple hundred for step increase.

    We also lost our tutorials/ summer school because the schools have to pay for it out of pocket (and the schools just don't have it)-not with Title 1 funds anymore-so that was a good chunk of extras gone. There's no funding for extending education/extras for National Certification or anything like that. You can get about $1,000 more for a Master's but it costs like $6,000 to get one-so it just isn't feasible for me right now economically.
     
  6. Kat53

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    As a new teacher in az, I started at around $30,000. I'm now double that as a consultant. (8 years, masters degree) Last year (different coaching job) I was around $70,000 with base salary and working extra jobs.
    I guess compared to the rest of the country AZ has lower living expenses. On my teachers salary I bought a house but I didn't have student loans or car payments, which I now have. I also had very low credit card debt. It was a struggle on my teachers salary, but to be honest I don't remember it all that much. I do know now that with the student loan debt, I couldn't survive on that original salary.
    With my current job I feel that it is comparable with the living expenses in my area.
     
  7. AMK

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    We start at around 45,000 I think. I am making 60+ with a masters. We don't pay into benefits (yet) and our package is very good. I think they pay for 2-3 classes a year. NJ is expensive to live in!
     
  8. Pisces_Fish

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    Tell us about your current consulting job? What does it entail?
     
  9. Kat53

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    My job is fabulous, not in a bragging way, but in a completely thank you GOD for your BLESSINGS way! I work from home, and travel to train teachers in reading and school leadership in school
    improvement/school turnaround. It really is the perfect job for me, but would not work if I had young kids. It's truly a blessing that I'm thankful for.

    It has been a little difficult transitioning from public school to business (different work schedule,etc). I might put in a 13 hour day, with four of that being traveling, but the next day I'll work from home and write reports. For example, I'll be traveling three weeks in September. My work will be on the road and in hotels. Really great for my lifestyle, but definitely not for everyone.
     
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    When I started, I was making $49 000 (Canadian) as a first year teacher with 6 years of University.

    This year, I'll be making just about $63 500 (again, Canadian) with 5 years experience.
     
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    I started around here as well ($48?). Going into my second year I think I'm earning around $50 000.

    However, much of that goes to health care and UNION DUES!!
     
  12. stephenpe

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    Masters with 33 years exp. making 51k and terrible insurance which I still pay into.
    But you know, in this economy I am feeling lucky now.
    I think they would fire me in a NY minute to get a first year salary now, if they could get away with it.
     
  13. scienceteach82

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    At the charter school I started at 32k....then went to 34k. At the catholic school I was making 41k. This was with only bachelors. No certification.
    Catholic school was paying for me to get certified in my masters program. If you were single like me at the time...health insurance was free...nothing came out of my paycheck. It was nice.
     
  14. TeacherApr

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    This is not the reason why. I pay more for rent, electricity and groceries and everything else down here compared to back home in Washington. AZ has no idea how to make education first and makes teachers suffer because of it. Also, I feel many districts don't know how to budget properly.

    Starting is $27,000 approx. We do NOT go up according to experience so that means if the board decides to give us an increase (which hasn't happened in yEARS) then a first year teacher could easily make the same amount as someone who has been there 5 years!
     
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    Starting pay where I am is $44,000, with a Masters it's about $2000 more. We do go up by experience. Now, the district where I did my student teaching (about an hour away) starts at $31,000 and only pays $500 more for a Masters. I think both might top out around $50,000.
     
  16. TeacherNY

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    I work in a private school so my salary really it really wouldn't give you an idea of how much public school teachers make in my area.
    It does vary in different parts of the state. There was one district (too far from my town :( ) that advertised their STARTING salary to be 65K.
     
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    In a different county in FL, I started at $40k - with additional duties; I had to pay a nominal amount for dental and vision.

    In my current county, I make about $35k, with four years experience and one additional duty. Salaries have been frozen for several years; no indication they will unfreeze anytime soon. My dental and vision are included in my plan.
     
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    Starting Salary is 30,000 here now (my starting salary was 27,000). I am in my fifth year of teaching. I am not sure what I school board and union haven't agreed on a contract. Last year I made 33,000 plus 3000 for coaching.
     
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    I am in a private school making right at $50K with great benefits--paid PPO and dental. The down part about my job is their is no retirement system but they do match 5% in a 401K. I would actually be making a little less in public school because of my certification I have been able to negotiate salary in private schools.
     
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    Starting salary - $27,200
    I make (6th year) - $34,000+
    Coaching (5th year) - $3,500+

    My take home each month is around $2,300. I do not take any of my school's insurance benefits, as my husband's is plenty to suffice.
     
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    Starting salaries here are between $40-45,000. I'd say top salaries are between $70-80,000.
     
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    I just got my salary validation sheet today, I don't mind sharing. I just started as a first-year teacher and I'm making just under $40,000 but that's including my stipends for doing journalism (newspaper + yearbook). I'm making about $4,000 more than my fellow first-year teachers in the district. We have really great benefits, the best in the area, but I still have about $400 coming out each month in deductions (dental, medical, professional organization, etc)
     
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    I forgot to add: I only pay about $16/mnth for insurance for both myself and my daughter. Husband's insurance is carried through the military.
     
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    I'm only making around $30,400 this year-it's my fourth year and I have my Master's. I should make over $36,000, but we had a pay freeze and cut this year.

    We also have insurance through the military, but the school district still makes us take their insurance too. I was making only around $2,000 a month last year-so I'm a little scared to see what it will be with this pay cut.
     
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    I'm a first year, in a charter, and am making 30,000. I'm pretty niave about insurance, but we have a decent plan, and it is less than $50 a month. And that is the expensive plan.
     
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    Starting salary in IA is around 30K in small districts and 40K in large districts.

    I'm in my 5th year with my BA+12 and I'm making 38K in my new district. I would have only been making 35K if I had stayed in my last district. Most districts pay single coverage for health and dental insurance...to add anyone on is RIDICULOUSLY expensive (good thing I don't have to worry about that).
     
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    ours too! Our health insurance is paid for by our district but we have a high deductible and if I added my daughter it would be an extra $2-300 per paycheck! (we get paid 2x a month). Thank goodness her dad is in the military!!
     
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    Alberta, Canada

    Starting teacher wage for someone with a standard 4-year Bachelor Degree is 57, 602.

    Max salary with a standard 4-year Bachelor Degree is 88, 032 and with a Masters Degree is 94, 663.

    I started teaching 18 years ago in a private school in British Columbia. At that time my starting salary was a touch over 27, 000.

    We do also have a good medical coverage plan. In Canada they take off significantly more for taxes than they do in the US.
     
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    sign me up:cool:
     
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    I'm maxed out on degrees (JD, MAT, MEd, PhD), certifications (Social Studies 5-12, English 5-12, and Math 5-10), and credit hours.

    My department chair salary, on the last step of teaching experience, was $120,000.
    As an AP I make $150,000. I'm very lucky.
     
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    I started at about 37k with a masters degree. Five years later, I have a masters +16 and I make around 48k. Next year I'll be at masters +32 which is around 52k. I receive very good benefits through the district, such as free medical/dental coverage (including free prescriptions) and an annual deposit of almost 10k into my retirement plan. Those benefits make up for what might be considered a low salary in my city, which has a very high cost of living. Thankfully my husband and I have no car payments and no credit card debt, and we just bought a 3 bedroom + den, 2 bathroom house for under 100k in a terrible housing market. Our mortgage payments are $544. I'm not complainin' one bit. :)
     
  32. Soccer Dad

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    Average starting salary now on Long Island is between $30,000-40,000. It also depends on public vs. private (no idea about private school salaries).

    We get step raises and 3% raises (with a passed budget) every year. I don't agree with this because we're already paid decently and I am a taxpayer and can saw that LI is RIDICULOUS with property taxes, but nonetheless, I make $133,000 this year.

    The highest paid teacher in my district is $157,000 ish and they've been teaching for 32 years.
     
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    In 2006-07, when I was hired as a 1st yr special ed teacher w/ an MA for a tiny 4-school district, I made $47,650. I was already on the second to the last pay step (out of a total of 7 steps).
     
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    I forgot to mention I pay about 300 a month for health and dental for myself and my husband.
     
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    Hahahah, too bad my property tax is $16,000 and I live on half an acre!
     
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    in our district I think the starting salary is around 55,000. the top of the guide is around 110,000

    we pay 2.5 percent of our salary into benefits, and they are pretty good.
     
  38. Rachael84

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    NYC teachers start around 48,000 or so. But if you work in a title 1 school (most schools are), you make an extra $3400 a year, so that ends up being around 51,400 for a Bachelors degree.

    We don't pay anything for health insurance or dental either. :)
     
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    These salaries are mind-boggling!
     
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    That's what I'm thinking as well. I have to keep reminding myself though that the places where these teachers live have a very high cost of living attached to them as well.
     
  41. Soccer Dad

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    Trust me, it looks like a lot but LI is the most overpriced, ridiculous place to live. It's nothing like when I was a kid and we had beautiful tree everywhere. Now, it's a giant parking lot with some houses thrown on top of eachother everywhere.

    Oh, and the nifty thing about NY is that LI is the government's piggy bank--we have the highest property taxes and it's not even for our schools (only 60% comes back to the Island, the other 40% goes to Upstate and the city...).
     

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