Iowa teachers earn less than college-educated peers
Iowa public school teachers earn 16.3% less than their college-educated counterparts in other fields.
- That's according to a report from the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning group, which advocates for fair pay for low- and middle-income workers.
The big picture: The national pay gap between teachers and similarly educated non-teachers grew to a record 23.5% in 2021.
- Inflation-adjusted weekly wages for teachers have remained essentially flat over the decades, increasing just $29 from 1996 to 2021, the institute found.
- College graduates in other professions saw wages increase $445 in the same period.
Zoom in: First-year teacher salaries for those with only a bachelor's degree start at $44,830 annually in the Des Moines school district.
Yes, but: The Iowa teacher pay gap is not the worst — Colorado's is 35.9%.
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