I was looking over the salary schedule for my district, and as usual, was disappointed. A starting teacher for our district makes only $10,000 a year less than a teacher with 20 years experience. I can't believe that our experience only counts for $500 a year. One teacher in my district (a former student), has 12 years less experience than me, but he coaches freshman football and soccer and teaches special education. He has made more than me since his third year teaching. Is the gap between newbies and veterans that small in other districts? What's it like in other professions for those of you who worked in the "real world" or have significant others who do?