There are only 20 states out 50 that average that and notice I said average.
Average starting salary is 35,000.
A teacher gets about 1,000 a year bump in pay if any depending on school budgets.
The average salary in your state is 47,000 with a starting salary of 30,000.
To me it's not about a living wage it's about attracting the best and brightest yes you can live on these wages but can you keep and get the best teachers with these wages.
Teacher shortages have been much in the news. After years of layoffs during the fiscal recession, an upturn in the economy has allowed districts to begin hiring again. The problem is that many districts cannot find qualified teachers to fill the new positions. Headlines like these have appeared across the county in 2016:
Help wanted: California school districts scramble to hire teachers
Crisis hits Oklahoma classrooms with teacher shortage, quality concerns
Florida teacher shortage labeled “critical”
AZ teacher exodus leaves more than 1K Valley classrooms vacant
Major teacher shortage causing big problems for 2016-2017 school year
Teacher shortages were the topic of a recent gubernatorial debate in Indiana, with the Democratic challenger blaming the policies of the former governor for current shortages, while his Republican opponent pointed to a national crisis as a source of Indiana’s woes. With more than 40 states, plus the District of Columbia, reporting severe shortages in special education, math, and science, and states reporting the hiring of substitutes and individuals without credentials by the thousands, a national shortage seems plausible. Last spring, Indiana Governor Pence (now a vice-presidential candidate) signed into law a major scholarship bill subsidizing the preparation of prospective teachers in an effort to boost supply.
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