Teacher Salaries Listed Online
According to the OECD report, the average salary for a U.S. primary teacher (with 15 years of experience) is just over $40K, putting the U.S. in 12th place among the 29 countries surveyed. In contrast, teachers in Luxembourg have an average salary of $88K (converted in U.S. dollars). On the very low end is Hungary, where school teacher salaries average $16K.
Salary for a Beginner High School Teacher in Florida vs. Global Pay
After Luxembourg at $88K, Switzerland comes in at $60K (who wouldn't want to teach the Von Trapp kids?). Germany and Korea tie at close to $50K. Scotland and Japan both rank in the $47K range. Down the line near $45K are Ireland, the Netherlands, Australia, England, Spain... then the U.S. at $40K. To be fair though, the cost of living in some of these countries is much higher than the U.S.
School Teacher Salaries States
The next part of the report won't surprise teachers in the U.S. According to the study, United States teachers spend more hours at work than their counterparts in 29 other countries. The OECD says that U.S. primary-level teachers teach an average of 1,080 hours yearly, far above the average of 803 hours for all countries surveyed; that means less pay for more American work.
Beyond Teaching Salary Comparison
The U. S. ranked 10th in controlling class sizes, with 23.1 students per classroom at the primary level; that was higher than higher than the OECD average of 21.5. The spending on U.S. pre-kindergarten students was among the highest of all the countries, but the U. S. has one of the lowest participation rates for children younger than 5: 50 percent, compared to the OECD average of 68.5 percent.
Teaching Jobs High Salary: In Venezuela?
When it came to high school graduation, 87% of the U.S. population, between 25-34, has their diploma. That shines brightly compared to Mexico where only 24% of that population (in that age group) has completed high school. And what about Venezuela? Well it wasn't part of the OECD survey. But Bolivian teachers, near Venezuela, make a reported $4 an hour.
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Dr. Al Lee