The Teaching Penalty: Teacher Pay Losing Ground
Sylvia A. Allegretto, Sean P. Corcoran, and Lawrence Mishel
For all the attempts to improve education in recent years, one tactic apparently has not been tried: Raising wages to draw top talent to the vocation of teaching. In fact, according to an EPI study being released this week, relative pay for public school teachers has been falling rather dramatically, even when benefits and time off are taken into consideration. The Teaching Penalty: Teacher Pay Losing Ground, by EPI research associates Sylvia Allegretto and Sean Corcoran and President Lawrence Mishel, shows that weekly earnings for teachers have lost ground any way you slice it--by education, by gender, and by age.