As We Go Back To School: Teachers In North Dakota Get The Shaft
The kids will be going back to school here in Bismarck on Thursday, August 26th. It was a record setting hot summer vacation, with kids spending more time inside because of the heat. Something tells me, you are ready for the kids to go back to school. Am I right? There's nothing that makes you realize how grossly underpaid teachers are, then summer vacation.
As it turns out, they really are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to pay in North Dakota. According to an article on business.org, teachers in North Dakota rank towards the very bottom of pay compared to the rest of the country. North Dakota is one of the few states where teachers make less money than the state average of all other occupations. There are only 7 states like that in the country. North Dakota is one of them.
The average salary for a teacher in North Dakota is $52,328 which ranks 46th in the United States. Minnesota is only slightly ahead of us. The gopher state comes in at number 45 with an average salary of $58,663. The rest of our neighboring states had South Dakota at number 31 and Montana at number 29.
Most Americans feel that teachers are underpaid. In fact, it is overwhelming at 80%. Teacher pay across the country has declined over the last decade with the exception of a small growth in 2019 and 2020. Overall teacher pay dipped about 3% from 2010 to 2020, according to the article.
They say children are our future. Then it's about time we start paying the people who mold and shape these kids the money they deserve.
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