It’s no secret that U.S. teachers are very poorly paid.
According to data from May 2019, the average salary for a job that requires a college degree in the US was $ 92,175. The average salary of a public high school teacher is $ 65,930.
And although wage differences vary from state to state, reports show that teachers are earning between 2% and 32.7% less than other skilled workers and, for many, the point is being reached. that is enough.
This caused an Ohio-based teacher to go viral on TikTok after revealing that he was quitting his job as an early education teacher to make more money working in retail. Seth Gabriel, who was an early education teacher, says he will leave his job after six years to pursue a career as a Walmart coach.
“I left teaching after 6 years to go and be a manager at Walmart and do more without using my degree,” the video says in the caption.
In comments to his video, Gabriel said that in his Ohio county, teachers earn between “$ 23 and $ 30” thousands a year. He said his salary in the first year was $ 23,000 and his last salary in the sixth year of teaching was $ 43,000.
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“I know a lot of people who were starting to retire in my 75/80 district [thousand] ish. But that was after 25 years, ”Gabriel explained in a follow-up video.
Gabriel said in a video that as a Walmart coach he can earn an initial salary of about $ 65,000-70,000, but even more so as a Walmart manager.
Store managers make six figures plus a crazy good depending on how they do it, ”he stated in another video.
Some comments point out that Gabriel would now give up having free nights and weekends when he makes the switch to retail, but Gabriel noted that being a teacher also involves “lesson planning, bulletin classification, extracurricular events,” among other responsibilities. . He estimated that he works about 60 hours a week as a teacher, while working at Walmart would only make him work about 45.
According to the Walmart website, a GM coach is a position where he “leads and develops teams effectively by teaching, training, and actively listening to associates,” among other responsibilities, which is what Gabriel would do.
According to Indeed, the average annual salary of a business coach at Walmart is $ 58,992. A new study found that a whopping 51% of teachers “disagree” with the fact that they are paid fairly.
Although not all hope has been lost for teachers looking for a better salary.
The state of Florida has invested more than $ 2 billion in teachers ’pay over the past three years, according to its website, and teachers received further salary increases last May. In New York City, a starting salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree and no previous teaching experience is about $ 57,845.
Walmart was down just 10% in a one-year period from Wednesday morning.