In 2019, public school teachers were paid nearly 20% less than other college-educated workers



a woman standing in front of a window: A teacher explains mathematics during a lesson with sixth graders, who are sitting at socially distanced desks, on the second day back at class since March (during the novel coronavirus pandemic) on May 5, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Christian Ender/Getty Images


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A teacher explains mathematics during a lesson with sixth graders, who are sitting at socially distanced desks, on the second day back at class since March (during the novel coronavirus pandemic) on May 5, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Christian Ender/Getty Images

  • A report from the Economic Policy Institute found that, in 2019, public school teachers were paid about 20% less in weekly wages than college-educated peers.
  • This was actually an improvement in the “wage penalty” from 2018.
  • Notably, these numbers are from pre-coronavirus — and therefore pre-recession.
  • The authors of the report highlight the loss of K-12 jobs during the pandemic, and emphasize the extra expenditures that the pandemic has required.
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A new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that public school teachers were paid about 20% less in weekly wages than college-educated peers in 2019.

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