The 5 Worst States for Teachers

Whether you're new to the profession, or a master veteran to the science/art, you probably know that teaching is a very difficult job. The curriculum, rules and regulations, and "best practices" are ever-changing so you can never get too comfortable. The money isn't great – to say the least. Not to mention that, on any given day, the work itself is seemingly endless, very difficult, and largely underappreciated (and/or misunderstood) by society at large.

Why One College Professor Quit His Dream Job

Oliver Lee, an attorney and assistant professor of history, recently wrote an op-ed for Vox about his decision to leave his tenure-track job in higher education. He did not point the finger at his former employer, the students, or the professors for the problems that led to his resignation. Instead, he says the trouble is systemic, and he calls for reform. Let's take a closer look at some of the issues.

4 Things Educators Should Know About Teacher Shortages

Education is a field that's ever-changing, as most teachers are no doubt aware. You have to be mighty flexible to be a teacher, rolling with the punches of curriculum changes, priority shifts, and societal/cultural evolutions that make your job feel brand-new each every year. (Sometimes, each and every day.) So, what's new in 2015? Well, teacher shortages, for one thing. Let's take a look at a few points educators should be aware of about this school year's job market.

Online Teaching Jobs – Online English Instructor Job Description

Name: Latorial Faison
Job Title: Online English Instructor
Current Employer: DeVry University Online
Where: Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Years of Experience: 10
Other Relevant Work Experience: Higher Education Administration, Public School Teacher, Poet/Writer
Education: Univ. of Virginia, 1995, BA English; VA TECH, 1997, MA English; Univ. of Phoenix, 2014, Ph.D. Higher Education Admin.
Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median salaries for online education jobs.

Online Teaching Jobs - Online English Instructor Job Description

Many people dream of working from home, but anyone who has searched for Internet-based employment knows that it can be hard to find legitimate online jobs. However, if you have the credentials to apply for college-level teaching jobs, an online instructor position could provide the freedom of a home-based job along with the professional satisfaction of an academic career.

Careers in online education have grown in the last several years, including jobs at online universities. In this Salary Story, we hear from an experienced online instructor who teaches for DeVry University. Find out why online jobs for teachers can be both challenging and rewarding.


PayScale: What is your online teacher job description?


I teach English courses online from the comfort of my own home. I manage one to two courses every eight weeks. Course management includes contacting students via e-mail regularly; posting course and university announcements to students; and grading weekly discussions, writing assignments, and team assignments. In addition, I enter grades several times a week in the online grade book. I teach in the eCollege platform. Sometimes contacting students via telephone is required, but most contact occurs through the online environment or via e-mail.

State Teacher Salary Comparisons: Texas Teacher Salary Gap

Texas state teacher pay is an interesting topic. In a previous column (Salary for Teachers vs. Average Pay for High School Coaches), I noted how high school football coaches earn a far greater salary than most teachers in Texas. The Statesman.com also reported on more state teacher salary comparisons; this time between the teachers themselves. According to the article, the salary for teachers at poor schools (with minority students) is less than the salary for teachers at wealthier schools.

The Texas teacher salary gap is reportedly wider in Austin than in most other large Texas school districts, according to a pair of recent reports based on a teacher salary survey of the state's 10 largest school districts by University of Texas education researcher Ed Fuller. The reports were funded by a Washington-based think-tank Education Trust. Is Austin being unfairly singled out? What's going on with Texas teacher salaries?

Is your salary earning high marks? Find out with our salary calculator.

Typical Salaries for College Professors, Higher Fees for Students?

Will the increase of typical salaries for college professors ultimately affect average salaries for college grads? That's a question raised in a recent article in the New York Times. More public universities are charging higher prices for certain college courses in order to pay for equipment and college professor salaries - those who teach "premium" classes. For example, this fall at Rutgers, general ed tuition will be $8,541, but business students will ante up $8,716, while pharmacy and engineering majors will shell out $9,484.

The idea behind this multi-tier system is that the average salaries for college grads, those taking "premium" courses, will be higher in the long run, so why not charge them more? But some educators worry that increasing certain college course fees is unfair to lower income kids who will have to take lower priced courses, thus resulting in a lifetime of lower average salaries for college grads. Does this undermine equal opportunity, or actually prepare students for the "free market?"

How does your salary compare to typical salaries for college professors?  Find out with our salary survey.

College Professor Salaries

Name: Margaret Soltan
Job Title: College Professor
Where: Washington D.C.
Employer: George Washington University  
Years of Experience: 25
Education: B.A., Northwestern University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Chicago
Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for median college professor salaries.

College Professor Salaries

For readers who have ever wondered how to become a college professor or asked, "What factors influence college professor salaries?" this Salary Story will prove to be quite an education! Recently, we spoke to Washington D.C. college professor Margaret Soltan about her career steps, advice on how to become a college professor, daily life as a college professor and how some in this field supplement their college professor salaries.

If you're interested in typical salaries for college professors, how to become a college professor, or how to earn the highest college professor salaries, it's time to take your seat and start class!

Average Salary for a Youth Pastor

Name: Brian Eberly
Job Title: Youth Pastor (Pastor to Students)
Where: Tigard, Oregon
Employer: 180 Student Ministries and Tigard First Baptist Church
Years of Experience: 20
Education: Bachelor Degree from Multnomah Bible College, Portland, OR
Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the average salary for a youth pastor.

Average Salary for a Youth Pastor

A youth pastor job description can be varied and unique, often involving a combination of ministry, community outreach, and couseling. Because of this variation, youth pastor salaries also tend to vary. For those interested in pursuing a career as a youth pastor, you don't want to miss this Salary Story with Brian Eberly, a youth pastor with 20 years of experience to share.

In this interview, Brian discusses his youth pastor job (which he blogs about on brianeberly.com), steps to becoming a youth pastor and important characteristics of effective youth pastors. He also provides info on the many factors that affect youth pastor salaries. If you've ever wondered about a youth pastor career, then keep reading!

School Teacher Salaries: Middle School Teacher

Name: Holly Olsen
Job Title: Middle School Teacher
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Years of Experience:11
Salary: $50,000
Employer: Anwatin Middle School
Education: Masters in Teaching, B.A. Literary Studies

School Teacher Salaries: Middle School Teacher

Teaching is often a harder profession than many would think. And when it comes to school teacher salaries, the starting salary for a teacher and average school teacher salaries can vary from school district to school district. We decided to find out what it takes to create a successful teaching career. In this salary story, we got teaching career info from a middle school teacher in Minnesota who knew that she wanted to teach at a young age and had an early childhood philosophy of teaching. Even though she loves her job, her teaching career has many challenges.

The next time you wonder whether school teacher salaries are too high or too low, consider what Holly faces at work. Besides the normal challenges of the classroom, teachers at her school deal with everything from fights in the hallways to the struggles of homeless students. Holly explains that teachers have a high burnout rate. But, if you love teaching as she does, the rewards outway the challenges. If you want to know more about school teacher salaries, teaching career info, or how to become a middle school teacher, keep reading!