When and how teachers receive raises can be just as important as how much they are paid at the start and end of their careers, according to a new report on teacher pay from the National Council on Teacher Quality.
Paying teachers more, sooner, adds up to greater earnings over their lifetimes and can keep good teachers from leaving the profession for more lucrative careers, the report states.
The report used 2013-14 salary data to study more than 100 of the country’s largest school districts, including two in Washington (Seattle and Spokane) and looked at what teachers make, how long it takes for them to make it and what it buys them.
The average U.S. teacher works for 24 years before reaching a salary of $75,000, which is roughly the maximum salary a teacher earns over a 30-year career.
In Seattle, a teacher will make that much after 11 years, according to the report. In Spokane, it will take a teacher more than 30 years to reach the $75,000 mark.More