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Milwaukee School Teachers Paid $100k

It is a touchy subject, but public school teachers in Milwaukee are paid $100k in salary and benefits on average.  It is often stated that school teachers are underpaid, but it is really the benefits that provide them with earnings levels much above the averages.  As a comparison, the median salary in New York and Los Angeles are about $68,000 and I can tell you that not too many of those receive a pension or even decent health care.

What is really interesting is that Milwaukee is one of only two public school systems (the other being Chicago) of the nation’s fifty largest school systems that requires that Milwaukee teachers meet Milwaukee city residency requirements.   Possibly as a result, Milwaukee lags other Wisconsin school districts in terms of teacher experience.  Only 60% of MPS teachers have five or more years of district experience and only 62% have more than five years of total teaching experience.  For the rest of the state this stands at 73% and 81%.


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  1. Marc says

    It would be nice of the McIver Institute to compare teachers’ salaries to relevant figures, like the average salary of those gainfully employed in the greater Milwaukee area with commensurate education and training. It’d also be interesting to see if there is a correlation between the relative per capita incomes of Milwaukee and the rest of the state compared to their graduation rates, and also a national comparison of metropolitan graduation rates as compared to graduation rates in mid-size towns/small towns/rural areas, as most of the rest of Wisconsin is. Also lacking in this video is a breakdown of the actual figures contributing to this “100k cost” of employing teachers; cost does not necessarily equal an absolute gain for teachers. It sure is a nice soundbite, though.

  2. Eric B says

    Starting salary for WI teachers is <$30k…

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