As illegal teachers’ strikes organized with the help of the Washington Education Association (WEA) place a wrench in the day-to-day lives of working families, the question of how the average teacher’s salary compares with the median household income in our state inevitably arises. GOP state Rep. Chad Magendanz revealed that information via a chart based on OSPI data that reveals teachers “on average are not underpaid, but make well above the median household income in our state.” The Washington Policy Center explains,
“The numbers show that on average teachers make more than the taxpaying working families who pay their salaries. The teacher salary figures are for a ten-month work year, while most people earn their income over twelve months.
“The income comparison is important to keep in mind as parents and local communities cope with the wave of union strikes hitting public school children right now.”
You can check out the chart below.