Study: Teachers in Tucson earn less than state, national peers - Tucson News Now

Study: Teachers in Tucson earn less than state, national peers

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new study by Tucson Values Teachers shows teachers in Tucson earned less than their peers across the state and nationwide in 2014. 

"Our study was basically to find out what it is that is making teachers either leave the state for teaching jobs in other states or leaving the profession all together," said Katie Rogerson, director of outreach and marketing for Tucson Values Teachers. 

The study shows the median salary for an elementary school teacher in Tucson is $37,940, $39,510 for middle school teachers, and $38,240 for high school teachers. 

Statewide, teachers make a median salary of $40,590 for elementary, $42,980 for middle school and $45,100 for high school.

The comparison with national median salaries is even worse: $54,120 for elementary, $54,940 for middle school and $56,310 for high school.

"First and foremost I have to take care of my family. We can't ignore that fact. As much good as I want to try to do for the world I have to start at home. And I think every teacher wants to make sure that they're contributing to their family," said Scott Weiler, an engineering, coding and robotics teacher at Amphi Middle School. 

The study also found only 48 percent said they were satisfied with teaching, but Weiler said this doesn't mean teachers aren't happy doing what they do. 

"We might be frustrated about what we have to do. We might be even sometimes angry at the limitations that are put on us. And we might cry ourselves to sleep when we realize we can't reach all of our students. But the bottom line is we're going to keep getting up everyday to provide the best possible education we can provide for our students and that's what drives us because that's what teachers do," Weiler said. 

The study was sponsored by the University of Arizona College of Education and the Southern Arizona Leadership Council. 

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