Americans think that U.S. teachers are underpaid by an average of $7,500 a year, according to a new global survey by the Varkey Foundation, a global charity.
The survey asked a random sampling of more than 1,000 people from each of 35 countries what they thought a starting teacher salary is in their country and what a “fair wage” would be. In 28 countries, teachers’ pay was less than “fair.”
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finds United States teachers are paid just over $44,000 a year on average. U.S. respondents said a fair wage would be $51,500.
A version of this article appeared in the November 28, 2018 edition of Education Week as Teacher Pay