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Comparing teacher pay in the US to other countries

April 2, 2008 pm30 9:52 pm

A newly released study says teacher pay in the US is lower than in a host of other industiralized countries (OECD). On average, according to the study, US starting teachers receive 81% of per capita GDP. Starting teacher pay in the other countries studies ranged from 92 – 141% of per capita GDP.

The Economic Policy Institue – (Research for Broadly Shared Prosperity) also has links to “The Teaching Penalty” and its press kit, covering broadly similar topics.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Chaz permalink
    April 3, 2008 am30 6:03 am 6:03 am


    No surprise to me. More importantly is that teachers are respected and looked up to, unlike in the NYC school system

  2. Lord permalink
    April 4, 2008 am30 1:46 am 1:46 am

    About what one would expect given disparities in the US. A change to % of median would likely show something different.

  3. May 16, 2008 pm31 9:55 pm 9:55 pm

    It really depends on whether you are considered an overseas hire or a local hire. In Panama, where I teach, local hires can earn 50% less than overseas hires. Some schools also have rules about how long is “too long” in terms of teaching at the same school before you are considered a resident and therefore a “local hire.” Local hires here make about $10000-$22000 a month, whereas overseas hires make from $12000-$50000, depending on the quality and size of the school.

  4. May 19, 2008 am31 1:47 am 1:47 am

    Thanks for the reminder that not all discrimination is subtle.

    That’s fascinating (and sort of depressing).

    Are you an overseas teacher?

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