Educators are getting the biggest paychecks in their fields, but the biggest rewards are reserved for those who spend years learning and developing.
A new survey by CareerBuilder shows that the top 10% of educators earned a median annual salary of $175,000, a jump of more than $5,000 in just the past year.
But the top 1% of teachers earned nearly $200,000 and the bottom 95% earned just over $30,000.
The survey, conducted by CareerLab, a job-hunting firm, asked educators whether they would be happy to give up some of their paid-time-off pay to work in a more flexible and accountable way.
The highest-paid teacher was in New York City, with a median salary of more like $250,000—the highest in the country.
For other top-earning educators, the median salary was in Washington, D.C., $180,000; Chicago, $165,000-plus; and San Francisco, $158,000+.
The lowest-paid teachers in the survey earned between $100,000-$140,000 a year.
The average salary of teachers in a given field is about $37,000 annually, and in education the median wage is $25,000 to $35,000 for all teachers, according to CareerLab.
For the average teacher, the top pay is more than twice what the median teacher makes, according, CareerLab Chief Executive Scott J. Geller.
“It’s a very competitive job market, and it’s hard to say, ‘I’m making less money than a high school teacher,'” Geller said.
“So, you really have to think about how much time you’re spending on that.
If you’re just going to get a good salary, and you’re going to spend it doing the things that you love doing, then it’s a worthwhile sacrifice.”
The survey showed that the average pay of teachers is $37.40 an hour, according the National Education Association, which represents public school teachers.
The teachers who earned the most, however, also made the least money.
The top 10%.
Median annual salary: $175k, New York Times article In a typical year, teachers spend between 25% and 50% of their pay on their own salaries.
This is an increase from the 25% to 50% that teachers spent a decade ago.
The median teacher salary in the USA has been increasing over the past decade.
In 2009, the average salary for teachers was $100K.
The pay has been climbing steadily since, with the average annual salary increasing by $11,000 over the same time period, according CareerLab data.
The biggest jump was seen in the last decade, according a study by the Economic Policy Institute.
The study showed that teachers who spent time teaching in low-income areas of the country, such as the Bronx and Brooklyn, saw a 16% jump in salary over the last 10 years.
The number of teachers who work in low pay rose from 2.3 million in 2000 to 2.5 million in 2014.
“When you’re in a field that’s often perceived to be relatively low-paying, you might think that it’s because the education system is too slow or not doing enough,” said Stephanie L. Smith, a professor at the University of Washington.
“But that’s not really the case.
The fact is, there’s so much value in learning, so much time that we spend learning, and the things we’re taught to do, that is really, really valuable to our students.
So the more time we spend, the better off we’re going, because we get to learn new things, learn skills that we might not be taught in school, and we can use those skills in our careers.”
This infographic shows how teacher salaries compare in the United States.
This infographic provides a breakdown of teacher salaries across the country by state and school.
States with the highest salaries in the nation: California $123,600 New York $117,400 Connecticut $112,200 Pennsylvania $108,000 Michigan $104,400 Wisconsin $104