I am so frustrated today. I got my first paycheck from the new contract year. I have been looking forward to this paycheck because I was expected about $200 more each month. That was a BIG mistake. I did get a raise, however, FICA, fed income tax, and state income tax increased, too. My raise amounted to not much at all. I am considering other states to move to that pay teachers more money. My only concern is that the cost of living would increase (it relatively inexpensive to live where I am) and therefore I wouldn't get any further ahead in a different state. What do you all feel about your wage? Is it a sufficient single income for a family of 5? I don't need specifics, just generalizations.