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Teachers-Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary. US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook. December 20, 2005. "Median annual earnings of kindergarten elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers ranged from $41,000 to $45,290 for May of 2004. Pre-school teacher earnings was $20,980. The American Federation of Teachers said that teacher's with Bachelor's degree earned an average of $31,704 in 2003-2004, and $45,597 for public elementary and secondary school teachers." $40,000 to $45,000
Great Schools Issue Paper: Qualified Economic Offer. OnWEAC. 7 June 2006. "Teacher salaries increases lag behind hikes in personal income Teacher salaries have not grown in purchasing power over the past quarter century. In 1970-71, public school teachers averaged $9,729. By 1998-99, the average salary had increased to $39,900 - an average annual increase of about 5 percent. Although this increase appears to be substantial, the 1998-99 average salary actually is nearly identical to the average salary in 1970-71 when inflation is taken into account. Between 1970-71 and 1998-99 salaries increased 410 percent. During this same period, the Consumer Price Index increased slightly more than 412 percent." $10,000 to $40,000
Teacher Salary Survey: Average Teacher Salary. Oregon School Board Association. 25 May 2006. [large table] $56,000 to $46,000
Rey, Jay. "Contact puts Highest-Paid Teachers Salary At $70,100." Buffalo News. (December 6 1997). "The average teacher's salary in the Depew School District will be $ 61,247 this year, now that the School Board and teachers' union have approved a new three-year teachers' contract. The average teachers' salary under the new contract will be $ 61,247 for 1997-98, $ 63,402 in 1998-99 and $ 65,608 in 1999-2000, Hale said. There are 195 district teachers, including aides. Under the new Depew contract, teachers with a master's degree and 29 years or more teaching experience will earn $ 70,100 this school year; $ 72,000 in 1998-99 and $ 74,000 in 1999-2000."
"Teachers with a bachelor's degree and 29 years or more experience will earn $61,500 this school year; $ 63,125 in 1998-1999 and $ 64,815 in 1999-2000."
$62,000 to $65,000

A big part of education are the teachers that teach us, the students, what we need to know for our future studies and maybe even our lives. The question is how much do our teachers, who could have been a great part of our lives, get paid for their job. They might get good students and at other times the bad ones. They have to suffer with those students that don't want to learn but also have to work hard to get the students involved.

First, public school teachers in all 50 states and the District of Colombia have to have at least a bachelor's degree, complete an approved teacher education program, and be licensed. Licensure is not required for private schools in some states. They work more than 40 hours a week and they work the 10-month school year with a two month vacation during the summer. However, they may teach in summer sessions, other jobs, travel, or other hobbies.

The median annual earnings of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers are ranged from $41,400 to $45,920 for May 2004. The median earnings for pre-school teachers was $20,980. According to the American Federation of Teachers, teacher's with a bachelor's degree earned an average of $31,704 in 2003- 2004 school year. The average salary for public elementary and secondary school teachers was $46,597. While, private school teachers, usually earn less than public school teachers. However, they might get other benefits.

The highest average teacher salary in 2002-2003 was for California at $55,693. In the top salaries that follow are Michigan at $54,020; Connecticut at $53,962; New Jersey at $53,872; and the District of Columbia following at $53,194.

The lowest average teacher salary was for South Dakota at $32,414. The other states were Montana at $35,754; Mississippi at $35,135; North Dakota at $33,869; Oklahoma at $33,277; the Virgin Islands at $34,764; Guam at $34,738; and Puerto Rico at $22,164.

Erica Yauri -- 2006