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Teacher pay: Are we paying teachers what they’re worth?

Majorities across groups say teachers in their communities are paid too little; just 6% of all adults say teacher salaries are too high.

After several high-profile teacher strikes in the past year, the 2018 PDK poll finds broad support for higher teacher pay. Two-thirds say teacher salaries are too low, a new high in data since the first PDK poll in 1969. This result was confirmed by separately measuring reactions to a starting salary of $39,000 — the national average for public school teachers, according to the National Education Association. Again, 65% say it’s too low.

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Majorities across groups say teachers in their communities are paid too little, ranging from 85% of blacks to 55% of conservatives and rural residents. Views that teacher pay is “about right” peak at about one-third of Republicans and conservatives, those in the Northeast or Midwest, rural residents, seniors, and adults with no more than a high school diploma.

Few say teachers are overpaid. Just 6% of all adults say teacher salaries are too high, peaking at 19% of Northeasterners and dropping to single digits in other regions. (National Education Association data indicate that starting salaries are highest in the Northeast, on average $42,300, and lowest in the Midwest, on average $36,000.)

One’s financial situation strongly influences views on a starting salary for teachers. Four in 10 of those with household incomes of $50,000 or less say a starting salary of $39,000 is “about right,” but only one-quarter of those with $100,000-plus incomes say it’s acceptable.

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