Many of us are looking for a job that not only provides us with the means to live comfortably, but also gives us a sense of fulfillment by allowing us to give back in some way, shape or form. Fewer fields require employees to care more about the former than the later than education, where salaries tend to be low and recognition and accolades are few and far between.
According to a recent Forbes’ article, jobs in education can range from $25,000 to upwards of six figures. Among the most well-paid positions, a law school professor ranked highest on the list, with an average salary of almost $126,000. These professors can even make around $150,000 if employed in Michigan, Iowa or Georgia, some of the top paying states for these professions.
While a large portion of the highest paid positions are in postsecondary institutions (physics, health and science teachers), there a a few in elementary and high schools that earn comparable salaries. These include administrators and program directors. Conversely, those at the lower end of the spectrum include teacher assistants (lowest paid positions), substitute teachers and preschool teachers.
It’s a shame that in a field that is integral to our nation’s future, so many are underpaid and undervalued. These individuals really should be celebrated more often for their work which is more often than not, a labor of love.