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Workonomics

When you look at the time teachers actually spend working, you can see that it's not a cakewalk — at all. The next time your city or state wants to cut back on teacher salaries or hammer their pensions, here's something to show around to folks before they make a decision.


FACT CHECK TIME! Turns out, based on the most recent data, the average salary for U.S. teachers across all experience levels is closer to $46,000 per year, not $49,000. Also, according to a 2012 study, teachers work an average of 10-11 hours per day — less than the 12-16 indicated in the infographic above, but still way more than the average of 7.5 hours per day they are hired to work.

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