Teachers in the United States make less than 60 cents on every dollar made by other professionals with comparable education levels, according to new data from the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation. In addition, U.S. teachers work longer hours, at every grade level, than teachers in other countries, according to the OECD’s annual “Education at a Glance” report. According to Education Week, the OECD data found that a 7th grade teacher puts in 1,366 hours at school each year, including more than 980 hours of teaching—which is nearly 270 more hours of teaching than the international average.
“Teacher salaries are low compared to other similarly educated full-time workers,” according to the report. “This is a key obstacle for attracting young people into teaching.”
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Young college graduates have a lot less incentive to become K-12 teachers in the United States than in other countries, according to the latest data from the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation. While American educators out-earn teachers in other countries, they trail those with similar education levels in other professions more than teachers in any other OECD country.