One in 3 Texas teachers moonlights to make ends meet, a new Texas State Teachers Association survey finds.
Those teachers work about 13 hours a week at their out-of-school jobs and an additional 17 hours a week doing school-related work outside regular school hours.
Most of the respondents—59 percent—were major income-earners for their families. Seventy-nine percent were women, and 21 percent were men.
, which was conducted by researchers at Sam Houston State University, is not scientific, with just 837 of the union’s 60,000 teacher members responding. The average starting salary for a new teacher in Texas is $38,828, although the minimum starting salary is $28,080 for a 10-month contract. The average teacher salary statewide in 2015-16 was $52,090, said the Texas Association of School Boards.
A version of this article appeared in the September 07, 2016 edition of Education Week as Teacher Pay