Posts Tagged ‘living wage’

Boston Teaching Salaries: Does ABE Measure Up?

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Back-to-school food for thought: a rookie teacher in the Boston Public Schools makes $46,000 a year. How does your salary measure up?

Does your job reward your experience, education and professional development? Where do you fit in? What comes to mind as you look at this chart? Leave a comment below!
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I love my work, but I just can’t afford it.

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Roaches and mice are alive and well and quite possibly learning English.
-Boston-based ESL teacher

I have been in the field for 6 years. I work 3 part-time jobs (totaling 32 hours/week; 18 teaching hours) to earn $27,000. My pay ranges from $18/hour (with 1:2 prep time) to $30/hour (with 1:6 prep time).

I get paid sick time at my one unionized job, but nowhere do I get any vacation time or health benefits. I get no pay for school vacations or when programs are closed.

Technically, I have access to a program computer but, if someone else is on it, I can’t wait because I have another job to get to. So I end up using my home as my office, paying for my own paper, ink cartridges, on-line fees, etc. Then I schlep my materials around from job to job.
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