💵 How do teachers get paid?

I've been so immersed in the world of education, I didn't realize there was a common question on people's minds.

💵 How do teachers get paid?
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I've been so immersed in the world of education, I didn't realize there was a common question on people's minds. It was submitted by an instagram follower & it came up when I was interviewed on the podcast Just Dumb Enough. They asked:

How do teachers get paid? Are they paid over the summer?

Let me start with the easy one: Are teachers paid over the summer? No. Teachers are typically salaried as 10 month employees. They get paid for 10 months of work. A standard model is to get paid September through June. This was the case when I worked in public schools in North Carolina and internationally in Vietnam.

And so how do they get paid? Well this can vary- but best case scenario is every other week, but there are some states like North Carolina and Texas do payroll once a month. You can run into issues over the holidays like this teacher did when you get your December check mid month before winter break and then go up to 7 weeks until your next check at the end of January.

But what about summer paychecks? Some districts will help teachers budget by providing smaller paychecks. For example, if you are paid once a month teachers would have a choice of 10 full paychecks or stretch it into 12 smaller paychecks.

North Carolina go rid of this option a few years ago. When I taught I had a summer savings account. I out aside a specific amount each month to create my own paychecks for the summer months.

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