Teacher pay has been in headlines across the country recently: Educators in Oklahoma and West Virginia successfully forced the legislature to pass pay raises in early 2018, and teachers in Arizona were demanding lawmakers there do the same.
Teaching has long been viewed as a low-paid job, but much more goes into teachers’ compensation than just the take-home paychecks.
“Although teaching is a profession, the way that teachers are paid looks a lot more like the way we pay blue-collar workers in the United States,” said Jacob Vigdor, a professor of public policy and governance at the University of Washington.
What exactly does that look like? We spoke with experts to break down how teachers are paid.