A new report out of the Brown Center reveals the stunning gap between teacher pay in the United States and that of countries around the world.
As the author notes:
The simple summary: Other countries make teaching a more financially attractive career for college graduates than we do.
To be clear, the survey showed the gap between teaching salaries and salaries for similarly-educated college graduates in developed countries. The gap in the United States is among the largest. That is, teachers here make significantly less than their similarly-educated peers in other professions.
The bottom line: We’d need to raise teacher pay by about 20% on average to reach a level of compensation competitive with our peers around the world.
On a final note, the author suggests:
Last word: Making teaching a financially more attractive career isn’t the only thing that matters for who teaches. It does matter though, and probably it matters a lot.
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