According to the findings, teachers in the United States are paid considerably more than people estimate. They are also paid more than people think of as a fair amount. The only other countries polled that think that teachers are paid more than they deserve in the survey are Japan, France, Singapore, South Korea, China and Egypt.
On the other hand, the majority of respondents believed that the fair wage for a teacher should be below what they are actually paid. As a matter of fact, they believed the teachers are overpaid by as much as 14 percent, since the average "qualifying teacher wage" of US$37,144 (S$46,400) is the highest among the all the nations in the study ("qualifying teacher wage" in USA is US$25,770). At least that's consistent, our prime minister is the highest paid among all the nations in the world.
It is no wonder that four in five respondents here — the fifth-highest proportion among the 21 nations surveyed — said they would encourage their children to pursue a career in teaching. Which parent wouldn't shove their kids in the direction of the big bucks? It looks all the money invested in private tuition may pay off after all.