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MelB Said,
November 21st, 2010 @3:02 pm  

Most definitely you will make much more money in public education with a Master’s degree. How much will depend on the district you work in but, for example, after getting my Master’s degree I have added over $4,000 per year to my annual salary. Although money can’t buy happiness, having a Master’s degree can help you pay your bills, which makes me happy! Also, get it asap — more districts are looking for teachers with Master’s degree, and the sooner you get it, the sooner you are making more money!

Imaka Said,
November 21st, 2010 @3:35 pm  

Yes, you get paid more with a masters degree, at least in Canada. Every state, province and country has its own salary scale. Sometimes even school districts have their own salary scale. You can find salary scales for various jurisdictions by doing searches for the departments of education and/or the teacher’s union in the area you are interested in. Salary scales are usually public knowledge.

wisdomdude Said,
November 21st, 2010 @4:09 pm  

Well, it makes a difference what level you are teaching (K-12, adult/college, etc.) and the state where you teach, and the district in the state, and the school within the district. So the best thing to do for real salary numbers is to get the salary schedule for the districts of interest. For general info purposes, you can visit sites such as and search for the kind of teaching you do and compare/contrast salaries in different cities/states. (range in Los Angeles is $44,000 to $66,000; Milwaukee ranges from $41,000 to $62,000)

Generally, placement on a salary schedule is based on your education level (typically counting the number of semester credits past your last degree….X units beyond the MA with the PhD being the maximum). The salary schedule is often laid out as a table (matrix) with the education level across the top forming the columns. Years of teaching experience is arrayed down the left-most column, with any one year forming the row. So once you have your educational status column, you read down the column until you intercept the row for the number of years teaching experience.

Newly hired / placed teachers may have a limit as the maximum number of years of experience you will be allowed to count for the initial salary placement. This depends on a number of factors: state law, district budget, and teaching contract.

In terms of salaries between BA/MA teachers, you also need to consider other factors:
1) longevity of service / experience: it is quite possible for a teacher with a BA to earn more than a teacher with an MA if the BA holder has more years of teaching experience and the MA is a first timer.

2) Specialty pay: another way a teacher with a BA could earn more than one with an MA is if the BA holder received special pay for bilingual, special ed, coaching, or other incentives that the MA holder did not have. In some districts, premium pay may be given for teachers with abilities in subject areas of high demand.

Hope this helps. Best wishes.

bikerfrank Said,
November 21st, 2010 @4:43 pm  

well honey that’s the idea…. but I can’t tell youhow much more they would make sorry…

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