I know several people and have met many people over the years that were either teachers or in the military. Everytime, it seems that each of these people, even if it's my first time meeting them, seem to work into the conversation somehow how teachers/military people don't get paid much. I grew up hearing this as well from all of my teachers. However, when I learn more, I find out that some of them are well off. Some make around $50,000 and up to $75,000 depending on their education and experience. A teacher I know has 2 houses, 2 cars (one that is a Jaguar) and makes $50,000. For one person, that is more than plenty. Some military also earn up to $120,000 taking on certain overseas tours. While they are overseas, everything is paid for (housing, food, etc.), they get extra bonuses and pay, and some don't even encounter combat overseas. Several military people I know tell me that most of the time they are playing computer games or goofing off and enjoying (in their words) their "free vacation." I've even seen live video footage from some military friends in the middleast just goofing off or taped sleeping in secret places if they have nothing to do because their superiors ordered them to hide it to avoid poor public image. It's really starting to annoy me that these people continue to see themselves as not getting paid enough and perpetuating this "poor, noble me" image just to solicit sympathy, favors, more pay and discounts. Teachers and military have lots of discounts as opposed to the regular person who may get paid less and gets no benefits/discounts. It's not to say that all teachers or military act misleading because I do know some that don't get paid well or that are in special ops and actually risk their lives versus just sitting in a tent playing video games or hitting the local bars.
If you are a teacher or in the military, would you be annoyed if these people whine about something that you probably wouldn't complain about?
One teacher roommate I had complained daily about teachers being poor, yet she made $48, 000 in her first year of teaching whereas at that time I was making less and still able to make the rent. What do you think?
BTW, I am in the military myself and I take offense to those of us who complain all the time. I don't get paid much, but it's enough, and I am able to make it work, pay my bills. I knew what I was getting into when I signed up.
Asked by Anonymous at 7:31 PM on Jun. 9, 2011 in Money & Work
Answer by attap5 at 7:39 PM on Jun. 9, 2011
Answer by ObbyDobbie at 7:41 PM on Jun. 9, 2011
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Answer by tnm786 at 7:42 PM on Jun. 9, 2011
Answer by MrsMWF at 8:23 PM on Jun. 9, 2011
Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 7:36 PM on Jun. 9, 2011
Answer by tnm786 at 7:39 PM on Jun. 9, 2011
around $50,000 and up to $75,000 is NOT well off. 75,000 is do-able if you don't have kids or want to own a house. But 50,000 is terrible when you are expected to have a masters degree (as you are here in MA). Starting teachers pay here is 40,000 but you must get your masters with in 5 years.
As for our solders... then ones who put their LIFE & Physical safety on the line so that you can live in a country free of tiernay... they make crap if you consider they could DIE or loose limps just doing their job (protecting you)!!
So no, I don't agree!
Answer by Crafty26 at 7:50 PM on Jun. 9, 2011
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Answer by CassiRae3 at 7:54 PM on Jun. 9, 2011