Teachers make 24 percent less than the average American worker, report says

FILE - Students are pictured in a classroom, May 1, 2013. (Pixabay via MGN)

WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - As summer vacation draws near, one thing teachers across America aren't thrilled about is their salaries.

During the last few weeks alone, teachers in North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado and Oklahoma have protested to demand better pay and resources.

On the heels of National Teacher Appreciation Week, the National Center for Education Statistics released a study revealing that 94 percent of public school teachers spend their own money on supplies -- without reimbursement.

Last week, Credit Sesame unveiled a list of states with the largest teacher pay gaps, comparing public school teachers' average annual salaries to those of all college graduates.

The national teacher pay gap, Credit Sesame found, is -24 percent, meaning teachers make 24 percent less than the average worker with at least a bachelor's degree.

Among states with the largest teacher pay gaps are Colorado (-37.1 percent), Arizona (-34.7 percent), Texas (-34.5 percent) and Florida (-32.1 percent). Virginia has the highest teacher pay gap of roughly -40 percent.

Especially disheartening for teachers is that they make more than the average worker in just two states: Vermont (5.8 percent) and Alaska (0.7 percent).

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