How much do teachers get paid?!

My 10-year-old son and I were sitting on the couch the other day discussing who knows what and he made some comment about how “cops make a lot of money.” I explained that, unless you have seniority, that really isn’t the case. He went on to say firefighters have to make the big bucks, then. No dice, my friend. So, we start chatting about how pretty much any work that involves serving other people pays poorly. Nurses, emergency personnel, teachers.

“WAIT. Teachers don’t make a ton of money?” My son asked, in disbelief.

“No, they really don’t.”

“BUT – why?! They’re teaching the whole next group of people in the world! They should make the MOST money!”

And yet…. nope.

So, there you go, my teacher friends. If my soon-to-be 5th grader were in charge, you’d be making bank.

But hey – we value you! And surely payment in forms of handmade cards, the achievement of your students and the constant exposure to contagious illness must count for something, right? 🙂