One Utah school district wants to pay its starting teachers $50,000

April 26, 2019 | The Salt Lake Tribune

Currently, the average annual median salary for a public school teacher in Utah is about $54,000, Envision Utah said, which includes those who have been in the classroom for years. That’s nearly $6,000 below what is considered a living wage in Utah. And it’s $20,000 to $32,000 below comparable careers in the state, such as accountants and urban planners.

Tingey, the board president for Canyons, said part of the purpose of the district’s increase is to put teacher salaries in line with the pay for similar jobs and to encourage more students to get a teaching degree.

“We see this investment as a positive step toward inspiring college students to regard teaching as a viable career,” she added, “and reinforce the belief that teaching is a destination profession.”

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