Teacher pay in Tennessee

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The list is mostly administrators, with just a handful of teachers above the $70K scale. It's interesting that a K-12 public school system has ROTC instructors. Tennessee must be doing something right that they can afford to invest in their education system so well. My adult daughter lives in Illinois and that state's finances seem to be a huge mess. I can't imagine how tough it must be to be an effective teacher under today's family and home conditions. The zero tolerance rules installed when my kids were in middle school 2 decades ago were ridiculous and didn't allow kids to develop responsibility and standards on their own, a reflection of things gone awry at the home front.
 
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That list is almost entirely administrators, along with a few of the highest paid teachers. Let’s look at the average salaries.
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In 2016-2017, the average salary for a public school teacher in the U.S. was $58,950, according to the National Center of Education Statistics. The average salary for a teacher in Tennessee was $48,456. In Hamilton County, most starting teachers with a bachelor's degree can expect to bring home a little more than $38,000 a year. source
 
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I would not be a teacher , unless the school could enforce discipline and respect for the adults . In turn , I would expect the same from the adults .
 
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Originally Posted By: RedOakRanch
Identical pay to my area in CA with half the living expense, easy to see why so many are leaving.
my wife just quit the Lucerne valley school district. Was not worth the $11/hr they pay with no chance of a raise.
 
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This is part of the reason why Illinois is circling the drain. High pay and even higher pension costs.
 
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Basically teachers in Knoxville work from the beginning of August until the end of May if you don’t count prep and cleanup of their rooms and any additional training. Call it 10 months. It is also increasingly political. Excellence is not rewarded because of the inherent socialistic way the system works. I am not cut out for it. Kudos to the people that do it. Enjoy your summers off.
 
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Originally Posted By: rshaw125
Nice part time gig.
[censored] right. I had to work year round shift work often 48 hrs a week carry a gun and occasionally wrestle with sleazebags to make that much. One thing you immediately notice though is how top heavy management has become. They have a managers for ridiculous trivial and likely inconsequential things. That’s where your money goes.. it’s the same everywhere. As my late mother used to say “ too many chiefs and not enough Indians”. That was in the 60s working for NY State. Today there’s simply not an Indian to be found.............
 
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What is the beginning salary of a classroom teacher there? Depending mostly on the parents, it is a tough "gig." One of the toughest. Private sector companies usually have a fixed % raise for everyone also, and merit is a promotion. Teachers don't get promoted. If they can manage to stay 25 or more years it becomes a decent paying job with a good retirement. They have to pay their dues though to get that. Even as it is now, out here teachers are in short supply because no one wants to start at those salaries with housing costs. If anyone thinks teaching is easy, they need to be in front of 30 or more kids at 8:30 AM, and begin the day. Then reality will set in.
 
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Originally Posted By: Driz
Originally Posted By: rshaw125
Nice part time gig.
[censored] right. I had to work year round shift work often 48 hrs a week carry a gun and occasionally wrestle with sleazebags to make that much.
Maybe you should apply to be a teacher so you don't have to work so hard for the same money? Guessing they pay teachers even more in NY.
 
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Originally Posted By: mrsilv04
This is part of the reason why Illinois is circling the drain. High pay and even higher pension costs.
In before the lock. Yes. Most high school teachers are close to $100k and the lower grades $80k when they get experience. Maybe worth it, maybe not. Also add free zero co-pay health insurance and most can retire at 55 and it's a great job. One of the real culprits of the educational budgets in IL are the administration costs. $150k principals, $250k superintendents and all the "assistants" to those positions really kill the budget. Most IL schools operate on 80-85% of their funding from local property taxes, which makes for an unsustainable funding model.
 

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Originally Posted By: billt460
Not bad at all. Especially when you consider they get 3 months a year off as well. Which includes every holiday under the Sun, except for Mr. Clean's birthday.
most do not factor in the time and the government retirement packages. Also little care about the quality of the work.
 
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For everyone who is gushing (or in reality complaining) over how high the pay is for 9 months of work, why don't you quit whatever you are doing and become a teacher too? I could go on and on on many of the misconceptions in this thread on many things, but it would fall on deaf ears. If you lived on the other side you might get a different view...
 
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