Thursday, February 24, 2011
What you are looking at is the pay and benefits for a teacher in the village of Denmark, WI. A small community in NE Wisconsin, where 46% of the tax levy goes to the school district. As you can see, the total compensation for this teacher is over $77,000 per year. You can also see that this person is able to command this level of compensation with just a bachelor's degree. When you think about the number of hours of work required for this compensation, the difference between this teacher and a typical private sector worker becomes even more stark.
This information is available in a searchable database from the Post Crescent, you can check it out for yourself and see how teachers in your area compare.
When many private sector workers, including some with bachelor's degrees, look at this level of compensation, the benefits of collective bargaining for the public sector start to come into focus. For many folks, the Governor's proposal to cut public sector employee pay by around 8% and end collective bargaining suddenly doesn't sound so scary after all.