Backslide: Michigan Teachers' Salaries Slip Below $62,000 on Average

April 09, 2019, 10:33 AM

Average teacher pay in Michigan moves in a sad direction, the latest state data shows.

Class at Communication and Media Arts High School in the Grandmont-Rosedale area of Northwest Detroit. (Twitter photo: Detroit Public Schools Community District)

The figures "are bad news for anyone concerned about Michigan’s declining academic performance," education journalist Koby Levin posts at Chalkbeat Detroit.

The average Michigan teacher made $61,908 last year — $700 less than in 2011. When you account for inflation, that’s a decline of more than $6,200. . . .

Low pay is a big reason teachers change jobs so frequently in Michigan, and it help explains why so many new teachers — an estimated 1 in 5 — quit the profession within five years. ... Declining salaries may also explain why teacher training programs are struggling to find new applicants.

Chalkbeat, part of a seven-site education news network, posts an easily searchable list (click link below) of average teacher salaries in 562 districts. Detroit's is $57,997 for 2018. 

Read more:  Chalkbeat Detroit

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