SOME teacher can make up to 60,000 at the most. That's WITH a DOCTORATE DEGREE from a college. State-College professors BARELY make 80,000... I had to do a couple of research papers on this topic for my Teaching Education class. If you want, I can post the papers and you can see the facts.
A Boston Highschool Teacher, teaching 30 years, with a PHD in their field will make 56,000-60,000 a year.
An Athol (Small Ma. Town) Highschool Teacher, teaching 30 years, with a PHD in their field will make 45,000-50,000 a year.
A FIRST YEAR teacher will make 20,000-25,000 depending on credentials.
Massachusetts has one of the MOST STRICT Curriculems in the country. NO OTHER STATE has their graduation based on a single test... the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System).
Thus, I dont see how a 35+ year teacher in New Jersey, one of a state with ONE of the worst education systems, makes in excess of 60,000.
GRANTED... teachers do get dental, health, and a few other benefits... but most jobs do offer this. Someday, I hope to have a family... plus, I like having summers off. Which is one of the reasons teachers get payed like they do. Teachers dont work an entire fiscal/calendar year as most other jobs. Which in turn, is bullshit.
Most teachers, during the summer, are IN SCHOOL, either furthering their education, going to programs, going to seminars, or doing more school-oriented things.
The only teachers who DON'T have to do this have been in the system for at least 10-15 years and have achieved some form of Tenier.
SO.... Yeah... Granted, I'm not sour about what people say about teachers, or about teaching in general. Children are our future, and I absolutely LOVE teaching.
I've taught Piano, Guitar, and Trumpet lessons for the past 3 years and there's nothing else I would do. Just be careful what you say in the future... because someday you will run into someone who KNOWS what they're talking about....