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Professional Pay




Educators have been denied professional pay for too long. Attracting and retaining qualified educators – K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals (ESPs), and specialized instructional support personnel (SISPs) – requires competitive pay. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that teachers earn 19 percent less than comparable professionals. Inadequate teacher pay comes at a high cost for schools and children, who must deal with the ramifications of high turnover and teacher shortages.

NEA and its affiliates advocate for improved salaries for all educators to reflect a simple fact: Educators deserve it, due to the increasing day-to-day demands and responsibilities. NEA helps its affiliates and members fight for the compensation they deserve.

Advocating for Professional Pay


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