Can a Teacher Actually Make Good Money?
When people choose careers there are a few key points that people focus in on. Generally these include safety, job security, vacation time, room for advancement, and salary. When discussing teaching as a profession it is commonly seen as a great job and is held in high standards with all of these factors except one: Salary. In today’s economy many college students are going into fields that have high salary rates. The preconceived notion that teachers do not make much money is hindering the field.
With just a little bit of research all of a student’s worries could be dismissed. While teachers never achieve the multi-millionaire status that some people in other fields may dream of, in New York City schools they start at a higher pay rate than the city average. According to the Department of Education:
“Starting teacher salaries range from $45,530 (bachelor’s degree, no prior teaching experience) to $74,796 (bachelor’s degree, master’s degree plus 30 credits, 7.5+ years teaching experience). Teachers who have a master’s degree but no teaching experience will start at $51,425.”
“With annual increases plus increases for additional coursework, teachers’ salaries will rise to the current maximum of $100,049 per year over time.”
While this may not be the best salary around it is more than enough to allow somebody economic stability and should not prevent anybody with a passion for teaching from following their path. If it is what you want to do there is no reason not to go for it 100%
Is money one of your key worries with the teaching profession?
Does this information make you more comfortable with your choice in becoming a teacher?