Average teacher salary VS median income by state

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    Free By 50: Teacher Pay vs Median Incomes by State

    What made me start this thread was because on the news, after Gov. Christie talked about New Jersey, they reported that New Jersey had 212 thousand millionaires state wide and 102 thousand teachers.

    The average teacher's salary in New Jersey is $58,156.00 while the median state income is $64,070.00. That means teachers make 91% of the median state income.

    Here is a list of "starting salaries" by state:

    Teacher Salaries By State | Average Salaries For Teachers | Beginning Salaries For Teachers | Teacher Raises | TeacherPortal.com

    Starting salary in Wisconsin is a measly $25,000. I had no idea it was that low. 25 grand.

    When right wingers point out a teaching job that pays $100,000, it's because they have a Masters and have been teaching for 20 years or they live in an area where the standard of living is that high.

    Right wingers chasing teachers out of their areas might have a "silver lining". Liberals areas will have the pick of the best. The best jobs will go to liberals and right wingers can fight with illegal immigrants over who gets to pick the biggest apples and the plumpest strawberries.
     
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    What's the significance of median income?
     
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    From the link:

    Hmmmm.......

    Anyone else see a problem with this comparison?
     
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    Rdean do you know the difference between average and median? The author in your link does not and your title implies that you don't either.
     
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    http://www.bvmarketdata.com/pdf/Median-Mean.pdf

    0.45
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    0.49
    0.49
    0.52
    0.55
    0.55
    0.60
    0.61 Middle of sorted sample set
    0.62
    0.70
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    0.80
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    5.30
    10.40
    0.61 Median
    1.47 Mean (Average)

    If you simple took the salaries of everyone in the state, added them together, and divided by the number of people, it would skew the results. You wouldn't really get the salary of the middle of the state.

    But for teachers, they are ALL teachers. So it's not that same.
     
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    neither is comparing an individual salary to a household income.

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    You are not taking into account the benefits. A 25k job PLUS the benefits is quite a bit more then what you assert. You need to include that into the mix.
     
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    Why does your title say "average" when there is no data that shows average?
     
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    I fail to see the relevance of the number of millionaires they have..Also those numbers don't include benefits and the fact that most teachers only work 9 months out of the year.
     
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    The funny part is that the link shows that New Hampshire, the state with the lowest percentage of average teacher salary to median statewide household income is 66%. So one teacher can earn over half the median statewide household income? I see no problem here especially since they are paid by those very same people who make less than them.
     
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