Are Public School Teachers Underpaid? No.

At NRO’s The Corner, Kevin Williams has a great idea for an experiment:

Let’s have Wisconsin cut its government workers’ pay by 5 percent and see if the state has trouble filling those government jobs. Let’s cut their pay by 10 percent and see if anybody notices.

Anybody want to place a bet on the results of that experiment?

Actually, we don’t really have to go through the motions to find out.  We can already do that experiment by comparing public school teacher compensation with compensation for private school teachers. 

Looking at base salary alone — and no one would lose money betting that a benefits comparison would favor public school teachers — we find that the public schools pay teachers an average of $49,630/year, while private schools pay just $36,250.

Published in: on February 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

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