To preface this conversation, I work at a private school in CA (as most of you know) and so I still pay into Social Security, but my public school counterparts pay into CalSTRS and aren’t required by state law to pay into Social Security. Also, they most likely won’t be able to collect SS in retirement, but I will since I work at a private school. I also know that a number of them something like pay 2% of their gross pay to their teachers union, whereas I don’t because I am an at-will employee and don’t have a teachers union to represent my interests. I largely do that myself. I’m also wondering, as a percent breakdown of your total pay (so just the percentages), what else do you pay? Do you have to pay for your healthcare? Vision? Dental? (My employer pays 100% of my healthcare plan and I pay like $28/month for both vision and dental — a nominal fee.) If so, how much? As a percentage of your gross monthly income (notice I said percentage), how much is your take-home pay? Is there a fixed percentage across the board for how much you have to pay per category? Does it depend on the district, mostly? CA teachers, in particular, what are the answers to the above questions? The reason I’m asking all of this is because I recently spoke with my public schoolteacher friends about our contracts for the 2019-2020 year and we were wondering how each of ours differ. I just don’t know and the information I am finding online isn’t entirely helpful. Thank you for your time! And other teachers outside of CA are welcome to respond, too!