One of the most admirable jobs is that of being a teacher. Individuals that go into this profession do it for various reasons. However, their main goal is to share knowledge and help young people grow in this knowledge. If you expect to get rich, you are in the wrong profession.
A teacher’s salary can be based on many things. Degrees, extracurricular activities, years of experience and salary scales determine a teacher’s salary. Starting salary depends on where you teach. Rural schools don’t pay as much, as schools in well-to-do suburbs. The higher the tax base, the better the salary. School districts that are having financial difficulties also may pay less.
There are a few schools that have a form of merit pay. Merit pay is based on many things. Things like attendance, graduation rates and grade improvement can factor into merit raises.
Extracurricular activity pay is usually set up by the school district. It is then factored into the salary. It can be based on many things. The number of individuals involved, time, responsibility and your experience can be factors involved in salary.
If there are any perks they would be things like insurance (medical, life and dental), retirement, vacation days (there are lots of them) and day hours. Although the school day is relatively short, teachers spend hours of their free time at home. They have papers to grade, lesson plans to make out and unit plans to follow. Then they have to figure out certain student strategies, for each student. Not all students are the same. Learning capacities differ with each student. You teach the entire group of students. However, certain students require special attention.
Another expectation to deal with is the administration. They can be terrific or horrible. I have dealt with both types and no administration at all. There are many times when you alone have to hold yourself accountable. You could have the best of ideas, but administration shoots it down. This is all part of the teaching profession.
When it comes to salary increases, most are handled by your teachers union. You have very little, if any, input into it. Your union, then has to negotiate for a contract for all. Good schools are not necessarily built on money. They are successful, because of the adaptability of the staff. Teachers, that rely on their talents, get the job done.