A survey conducted by School Leaders Network Global Network has revealed that 45 per cent of teachers in Mumbai were not paid their April salaries, while 16.4 per cent said that they were paid a reduced salary. Further, with schools and parents caught in a tussle over fee payment, those who were given their salaries in April have been asked to expect a salary cut in May. This is despite the fact that with most schools starting the new sessions online, the workload for teachers has doubled.
Teachers in India have always been paid lesser than their counterparts around the world. As per job portal Indeed.com, a teacher in Mumbai is paid an average of Rs 20,815 or just approximately USD 275 per month – this salary is 29 per cent above the national average.
The average salary in India, as per the website, is Rs 18,431- this figure can range anywhere between Rs 8,000 to Rs 60,000 based on the experience, class being taught and whether the school is a private or government one. Government teachers are in a better position, especially with the 7th pay commission, and a primary teacher can expect to earn a starting salary of Rs 35,000.
Teachers have one of the most important and difficult tasks to perform - to ensure that future generations are equipped to lead and work. There are some countries that understand this and remunerate teachers based on the hard work and dedication they put into their vocation. We look at the best countries to be a teacher, as per data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):
Among the richest countries in the world, Luxembourg is also one of the best countries to be a teacher. Here, teachers earn, at an average, around 30 per cent more than their counterparts around the world. A primary school teacher at the entry level can expect to earn as much as USD 74,000 annually, while those with an experience of 15 years can earn USD 108,000. At the top end of the scale, secondary teachers earn a maximum of USD 146,000. By Cayambe - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11334224 Image credit: This is another country which pays its teachers well. Here teachers can expect to earn more than any other OECD country, at an average, - at USD 69,705. The starting salary for a primary school teacher in Switzerland is USD 58,017, while secondary school teachers at the top of the scale can earn as much as USD 112,286. Image by Image credit: 495756 from Pixabay While teachers in Germany are amongst the highest paid in the world, salaries vary greatly depending on where they are located and which classes they teach. At an average, the starting salary of a primary school teacher is around USD 60,507 while teachers of upper secondary level with 15 years of experience earn more than USD 85,206. This goes upto a maximum of USD 96,736. The average salary of a teacher in Germany is USD 61,418. Image by Image credit: Hannah Alkadi from Pixabay In the Netherlands, while primary school teachers who are starting off may not get as much as their Swiss counterparts at USD 42,133, this can go up to a maximum of USD 67,147 at the top of the scale. An upper secondary level teacher, at the top level, can expect to earn around USD 88,464 annually. Teacher unions, however, have been striking in the Netherlands demanding for pay hikes. Image by Image credit: djedj from Pixabay While at USD 32,485, the starting salaries for a primary level teacher in South Korea may not be high, Korean teachers can expect a big jump in their salaries with experience. A primary school teacher with 15 years of experience can expect to earn USD 57,179 and this can go up to a maximum of USD 90,225 for a top earning upper secondary level teacher. Image by Image credit: tragrpx from Pixabay In Denmark, primary teachers who are starting off can expect to earn USD 48,989 annually. This amount goes upto USD 57,206 for a primary teacher with 15 years of experience. The gap between the highest-paid primary teacher and the highest-paid secondary teacher is not that big though - with 15 years of experience, an upper secondary teacher earns just USD 3,000 more. Image by Image credit: David Mark from Pixabay In the United States, while the average salary for a teacher comes to USD 60,477, the average starting salary, as per data from the National Education Association (NEA), falls to below USD 40,000 in nearly 63 per cent of schools. Salaries vary greatly between states - a teacher in New York earns a median salary of USD 78,576 a year, while a teacher in Oklahama, which is the lowest paying states, earns only USD 33,630 a year. The average teacher’s salary has also decreased in the United States in the past decade, when adjusted for inflation, by 2.9 percent, as per the National Education Association. By U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeff Johnstone - This Image was released by the United States Navy with the ID 061026-N-5271J-014 (next).This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing.العربية | বাংলা | Deutsch | English | español | euskara | فارسی | français | italiano | 日本語 | 한국어 | македонски | മലയാളം | Plattdüütsch | Nederlands | polski | پښتو | português | svenska | Türkçe | українська | 中文 | 中文（简体） | +/−, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8178174 Image credit: In Canada, teacher salaries depend upon their qualifications, years of experience and the grade they teach. Primary teachers in Canada earn a starting salary of USD 39,937, which can go upto to USD 67,301 at the top of the scale for upper secondary teachers. Pay scales also vary between provinces– teachers in Quebec are the lowest paid, earning approximately USD 59,200 after 15 years of experience, as compared to teachers in Ontario with the same years of experience, who earn around 72,500 USD. Image by Image credit: ArtTower from Pixabay The entry-level salary that a primary school teacher in Austria can expect to earn is around USD 42,702. While the hike is not that big after 15 years of experience for a primary teacher, at the top of the scale, a primary teacher can earn up to USD 76,160. A top earning upper secondary teacher earns as much as USD 86,639. Image by Image credit: David Mark from Pixabay In Norway, starting salaries are around 7 per cent higher than the OECD average - primary school teachers earn USD 38,559, which goes up to USD 47,387 with 15 years of experience. However, the maximum salary is 7 per cent lower than the OECD average - an upper secondary teacher with 15 years of experience earns USD 51,838. Image by Image credit: Reinhard-Karl Üblacker from Pixabay