How much teacher salary in the world

Between starvation wages and livelihoods - A look at the teacher's salary in Germany and around the world

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Teachers all over the world have one thing in common: a particularly great responsibility for the future of young people. But what about fair pay? The extreme differences in teacher salaries are a major cause of concern for poorer countries in particular.

As a teacher you have a particularly demanding job: you should impart skills and knowledge, contribute to the personal development of pupils, manage everyday school life, advise parents and children. Teachers are important caregivers and often role models. But when it comes to fair pay, teachers' salaries look bleak in some countries.

Studies show: teacher salaries in Germany in the upper third

Teachers in Germany earn better than many of their colleagues in Europe. But they also have to complete more lessons and often supervise larger classes than teachers in other countries. According to a comparative study by the EU Commission from 2011, a primary school teacher in Germany earns between 38,200 euros and 51,400 euros a year. But the payment depends on the professional age. In the intermediate level it is between 42,200 and 57,900 euros, in the upper level between 45,400 and 64,000 euros. It is more in Luxembourg: Here a teacher earns an annual salary of up to 101,500 euros. Bulgaria brings up the rear with average earnings of a meager 4,300 euros a year - a starvation wage.

If you take a look at the annual OECD country overview of global developments in the 34 most important industrial nations, you can see that German teachers are in the top third in terms of their pay. The starting salary for a primary school teacher is US $ 46,456 annually - the OECD average is only US $ 28,523. According to the OECD country overview, the highest teacher salary that can be achieved as a primary school teacher in Germany is 61,209 US dollars annually - here the OECD average is 45,100 US dollars.

In the USA, the question of whether you earn enough as a teacher depends on your degree. A bachelor's degree is barely enough to survive, teachers start with an annual salary of $ 35,000 and cannot avoid earning extra money on the side. This is impressively described in the article “The Post Grad 'Master’s Bump‘ for Teachers ”by Evelyn Rogers.

Language teachers as honorary lecturers are particularly poorly paid

The positive earning potential for permanent or civil servant teachers in Germany does not apply to teachers who work as freelance freelance lecturers: These are particularly often language teachers, for example for German as a foreign language, who teach in the integration courses of further education institutions. As a teacher you get around 15 euros per hour - gross. And that even though they have to have a university degree and additional qualifications.

The EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, calls for “the salaries and working conditions of teachers to be given top priority so that the profession is and remains attractive for the best. But it is not just the salary that makes the job attractive to the best teachers. It is also important that the classrooms are well-equipped and that the teachers have a say in the modernization of curricula and educational reforms. "

The relatively low starting salaries are a problem for young people in Europe: teachers only move up to the highest salary level after an average of 15 to 25 years. Teachers' associations worry that many young people are not interested in teaching. Even if the teacher's salary is rather low at the beginning of the career, most teachers in many European countries almost achieve a wage for overtime or special tasks that corresponds to the highest basic salary level in their respective country. These countries include, for example, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Finland, England and Wales.

Teacher's salary: poor pay and little recognition in developing countries

“I would like to pass on knowledge to the next generation in order to promote social development in my country,” writes the teacher Ouk Chhayavy from Cambodia in a publication by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on the global education campaign. But as soon as you look at the teacher's salary, the following follows: In Niger, for example, educators only earn just under 100 euros a month, and this is rather irregular, since the payment office where the teachers collect their money is difficult to reach.

With such poor pay, it is not surprising that there are too few teachers. By 2015 there will be a shortage of around 1.7 million teachers worldwide. It is worst in the rural areas of the poor countries. In Africa alone there is a shortage of one million teachers. This is borne out by the figures from the UNESCO Statistics Institute. Then there are the teachers who are needed to replace teachers who are leaving the profession. Then the number increases by another 5.1 million, the report said.

August 2013