Wisconsin Teachers Pay + Benefits: Union Thuggary!

UPDATED April 5, 2011: I needed to update what WI Teachers actually pay into their own benefits. Before I had it listed at .2%, it is actually .6%. Either way, the tax payers pay 99% of WI Teachers retirement benefits and 94% of their health care.

***March 2011: Wisconsin currently has $61 BILLION in UNFUNDED pensions….

April 2010, long before Walker became Governor of WI, Wisconsin pension funding for teachers falls $10.9 billion short, report says

These are the people “educating” your children while claiming they are not inciting violence at the same time demanding to be paid for not working……shocking !<sarcasm off>

The poor teachers in Wisconsin, over paid and not appreciated, are all up in arms because they have to pay more than .6% into their OWN retirement packages and more than 5-6% into their own health care. The horrible (sarcasm) governor wants them to pay 4-6% of their OWN retirement package and 12.5% of their OWN health care….still way below the private sector. What?

Health Care benefits below and pay information-scroll towards the bottom:

Wisconsin Public School Teacher Health Insurance Benefits

Monthly Insurance Costs for Single: $374

Monthly Insurance Cost for Family: $843

% School Board Pays for Single: 97%

% School Board Pays for Family: 95%

Monthly Board Cost for Single: $363

Monthly Board Cost for Family: $801

Monthly Teacher Cost for Single: $11

Monthly Teacher Cost for Family: $42

And yet UNIONS and less than 15% of America’s workforce that belong to Unions see NOTHING wrong with this? Tax payers are paying 94% of their health care?

As well, they are upset that Governor Walker is seeking to do away with collective bargaining.  [Update 3/11/2011: They are not FURIOUS that the bill was passed to do away with MANDATORY union dues and Screw the Tax Payer Mentaility]. Now, they get to keep bargaining their pay, just nothing else.

[Update 3/11/2011: it is worth noting that Governor Walker and the Repub. Law Makers were actually willing to conceed on certain portions of the law, however it wasn’t enough concessions for the 14 Democrats who ran and hide. Ironic how collective bargaining isn’t really bargaining]

Why the worry and uproar?

Right now, in WI, employees are FORCED to join UNIONS and the UNION DUES are FORCED out of their paychecks before they even receive them. The dues are in the hundreds while others in the thousands depending on their pay.

Remind me how American that is?

By ending the collective bargaining: This means less money that is plundered from the tax payers, funneled into UNIONS who then turn around and funnel it to DEMOCRATS, who then turn around and keep laws in place that FORCE workers to pay into UNIONS and force employers to keep poorly peforming UNION workers at all costs.

Kind of reminds me of the old cocaine commercial: I do coke so I can work longer hours so I can make more money so I can do more coke so I can work longer hours so I can make more money…etc…etc….. viscious cycle of legal plundering between the DEMOCRATS and the UNIONS at the cost of the TAX PAYERS!

Collective Bargaining also means that tenured teachers, no matter how poorly they peform get to keep their jobs before  a new teacher who has better productivity and performance from her/his students.

The way collective bargaining is designed today: It means that it is easier to try and convict a murderer than it is to terminate a poorly  peforming teacher.

It also means that with the next governor, they can go back down to paying only .2% of their retirment and 5-6% of their health care while those in the private sector, how mind you pay the salaries of the state/government employees, have to pay more.

What happened to equality? Isn’t that the LIBERAL MANTRA-EQUALITY? Why aren’t public/union workers expected to pay the same retirement and benefits packages as the private sector as well as being held accountable for the job peformance or lack there of?

Pony up and play the EQUALITY GAME since you preach it in ever other arena!

But, let’s take a look at teachers salaries from states across this nation-trust me, teachers aren’t doing too bad considering they get summers off, holidays off, weekends off, nights off, spring break off-whether they take it or not is irrelevant, they have it off and basically get paid for working less than 9 months of the year.

Wisconsin Teaching Salaries and Benefits

People often believe that teachers don’t make a lot of money. Those in the know, though, are aware that compensation in the education industry can be quite generous, especially when you factor in the great vacation schedule and the comprehensive benefits packages that usually go along with teaching. In  
 
Wisconsin, teaching salaries averaged $52,644 in 2009-10, according to the National Education Association, with most school districts offering benefits that range from health insurance to retirement plans. (1)
The average Wisconsin teacher salary does vary, however. One major source of salary variation is what grade level you teach. In May 2009, … elementary school teachers earned $51,240, and secondary school teachers earned $49,400. (2) Education and experience level also make a difference in teacher salaries: secondary school teachers in the 90th wage percentile earned $69,550…
Geographic location is another significant reason for variation in Wisconsin teaching salaries. Areas that have a higher cost of living often pay correspondingly higher salaries. Below are average annual earnings for secondary school teachers in five of the largest metropolitan areas in the state: (4)
  • Green Bay: $55,110
  • Kenosha: $68,400
  • Madison: $50,770
  • Milwaukee: $54,620
  • Racine: $49,710

California Teacher Salary and Benefits

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that there were 128,930 secondary teachers in California in 2009, and their average salary was $63,860. However, the top ten percent earned over $91,000 per year.

The following are California secondary teacher salaries from 2009 in selected cities, according to the BLS:

  • Los Angeles/Long Beach/Glendale: $63,370
  • Oakland/Fremont/Hayward: $64,630
  • Sacramento/Arden-Arcade/Roseville: $59,050
  • San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City: $64,100
  • Santa Ana/Anaheim/Irvine: $73,890
In addition to great California teacher salaries, don’t forget the other benefits of being a teacher such, as the enviable work environment, two months off in the summer, fantastic health, dental and retirement benefits…

Illinois Teacher Salary Information

With Illinois teacher salaries more than $6,000 over the national average in 2009-2010, you might be thinking seriously about becoming a teacher in Illinois.
But while $62,077 is certainly an appealing number, it’s not the whole story. Breaking down the Illinois teacher salary numbers in more detail can be very revealing—and perhaps even more encouraging to future educators.

It’s clear that Illinois places a high value on public education by offering generous compensation to its teachers. But besides attractive Illinois teacher salaries, most school districts in the state offer a wide range of benefits. Like other districts in the state, Chicago Public Schools offers health and dental coverage, but if you teach in Chicago, you’ll also be eligible for student loan forgiveness, home ownership incentives, and various other perks.(1)

Illinois teacher salaries also differ depending on where teachers are employed and what age kids they teach. Secondary school salaries, for instance, are the second highest in the nation at $67,960, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Take a look at average secondary school teacher salaries in five major metropolitan areas:(3)
  • Champaign/Urbana: $49,580
  • Chicago/Naperville/Joliet: $74,530
  • Peoria: $52,070
  • Rockford: $56,630
  • Springfield: $48,210

Washington Teacher Salaries and Benefits

Thinking about becoming a teacher in Washington, you’ll want to do your research. Besides making sure you’re familiar with the educational requirements and certification regulations, diligent job seekers will also want to investigate Washington teacher salaries. The National Education Association reports an average annual salary of $53,653 for Washington educators…
Breaking the Washington teacher salary numbers down further, it’s easy to see that annual compensation is affected by factors such as what grade level you teach, how long you’ve been teaching, and what degree you’ve earned. Kindergarten teachers made an average salary of $48,483 in 2010; by comparison, secondary school teachers earned $58,613.
Where you live within Washington state also has an effect on your mean salary. Average Washington teacher salaries for secondary school educators vary quite a bit from city to city:**
  • Bellingham: $54,390
  • Seattle: $59,470
  • Spokane: $57,030
  • Tacoma: $57,650
  • Yakima: $54,280

Although base annual salaries for teachers vary widely, one thing teachers in Washington can count on is a competitive benefits package. Besides the reward of a long summer vacation, full-time teachers generally also receive medical and dental insurance, group life insurance, flexible spending accounts, tax-sheltered annuity programs, and other advantages.***

Silly tax payers for thinking that $50,000+ annually plus PLUSH benefits and an opporuntiy to take 3+ months of a year…….silly tax payers for expecting YOU to pay a little bit more into YOUR OWN benefits and be helf accountable for YOUR JOB!!!!!! <sarcasm off>

More teacher salaries from around the nation can be found here:
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4 responses to “Wisconsin Teachers Pay + Benefits: Union Thuggary!

  • theponemeister

    Could someone also publish the figures regarding the retirement benefits for teachers. I don’t have the exact figures in front of me, but I have heard that if a teacher works 20-25 yrs in a school district, then retires and lives for 30 years, they would have put in an average of $250,000 into the system thru taxes, but end up taking out close to $1 million in pensions and benefits over the 30 years.

    If that is correct, then under no circumstances should a person be able to milk the system for much more than they contributed unless you fall into some extreme category (mentally ill or physically challenged, etc).

  • specfriggintacular

    The MacIver Institute adds this (hat tip SteveEgg): The average Milwaukee Public School teacher will be receiving $100,005 in compensation this year – $56,500 of that is in salary, and a whopping $43,505 is in benefits.

  • Jon Miller

    I have submitted an letter to my local paper (Arkansas Democrat Gazette) and used some of your data. Can you source your data on the percentage of insurance paid by the state?

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