Infographic: EPI New Report: Teacher Pay Gap Widening

The teacher pay penalty has hit a new high. Trends in the teacher wage and compensation gaps through 2017.

A  new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics finds that the gap between teacher’s weekly wages and comparably educated and experienced workers is wider than ever, growing to 18.7 percent in 2017.

Even if teachers may be more motivated by altruism than some other workers, teaching must compete with other occupations for talented college and university graduates.… Teachers are more likely to quit when they work in districts with lower wages and when their salaries are low relative to alternative wage opportunities, especially in high-demand fields like math and science.

(Darling-Hammond et al. 2016, 18)

This report was produced in collaboration with Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the University of California, Berkeley.

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