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Megan R Said,
December 4th, 2010 @11:01 pm  

salary.com is really helpful. other than that, i can’t help much. good luck.

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phrogster1 Said,
December 4th, 2010 @11:25 pm  

It depends on several factors. First, the area of the country you plan to teach in. Then the school district you are hired in. In our local school district, there are steps to increase the teacher salary. The first level is for teachers with bachelor degrees, with a step up in salary for each year of teaching experience. The second level is for teachers with 15 or more years of teaching or those with Master’s Degrees but less than 15 years of teaching. Each step adds a certain percentage and each level adds a certain percentage. So, a teacher with a Master’s Degree but no years of teaching experience would be hired at the first step of the second level.

Second, the type of Master’s Degree you get – those with needed degrees may be able to get a higher salary i.e. math, science, music, special education.

However, very few school districts like to hire a first year teacher that already has a Master’s Degree because it will cost them more money than a first year teacher who only has a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree is required if you want to teach at the college/university level, but they will also look at your experience.

Not knowing all your details, I would suggest getting your education bachelor’s degree first, go teach for a few years, then worry about going for your master’s degree. You might find you would prefer to get your master’s degree in a different subject area.

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gcameron169 Said,
December 4th, 2010 @11:45 pm  

It is different for every state and different for each district within that state, you will have to go to the various district websites and look for salary scales. Sometimes master’s degrees are paid as a bonus or stipend, look at the bottom of each scale.

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jennithib Said,
December 5th, 2010 @12:39 am  

The salary for each state will be different, it may even be different for each school district as each district may have their own teacher’s contract. Also, most teacher contracts are renewed every three to five years, so the pay scale changes. There are levels. In my district they take both your experience and your degrees into consideration. I just changed pay levels without my masters but 15 credits worth of masters classes. It was a lateral move in my years of experience, but a step up in my degree area.

As for districts not hiring a first year teacher with a masters degree – this is not true! With the new No Child Left Behind (NCLB) laws I believe that all states require teachers to get their masters within five years of initial certification. With this said, districts are happy to hire you if you already have it, so they don’t have to foot any cost of obtaining the degree (granted, it is usually only a very little, if any at all). Also, having a masters is one criteria that makes you “highly qualified” under the NCLB. All schools must have “highly qualified” teachers – so again, something in your favor.

Getting the degree will be worth your hard work, because you will need it eventually anyway. I wish I had done mine right away. I had some other factors (I had two beautiful children) that helped me obtain an extension on getting my degree. I do have some masters classes under my belt, and all my professional development points are up to date, but getting a masters as a full time teacher, with honors classes and a 6 and 4 year old, even with a great husband, is still very difficult! Go for it now! Good luck!

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