Teacher Comics: The Pay Steps (explained)
I wasn’t sure if I had to take time to explain how a teacher’s pay scale works but I decided it was worth a comic simply by virtue of the number of idiots out there who don’t seem to want to understand teacher salaries. There’s probably a whole other series of comics I can mine from this ignorance but chiefly it concerns these two things:
– People think it’s hideous that I get three months off, but am paid all year ’round when in fact, I choose to have a portion of my salary withheld during the school year so I receive paychecks during the summer months.
– People take the average of the lowest salary of a teacher (around $30 grand in some districts) and the highest salary (let’s say $90 grand for the sake of neatness) and by using MATH decide that the average teacher salary is $60 grand. This sounds glorious… except most school districts operate on the backs of teachers new to the profession who barely make more than a server at Applebee’s during the formative early years of their career. We had a handful of high earners at my former school but for the most part, the teachers in the trenches were making very little money.