Without bargaining, teachers earn more

Without collective bargaining, teachers earn more money but also pay more for health benefits, writes Mike Petrilli on Flypaper. He crunched data collected by the National Council on Teacher Quality for more than 100 of the largest districts in each of the 50 states.

Maximum pay for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree averages $64,500 in districts without collective bargaining compared to $57,500 for a similar teacher with bargaining rights, Petrilli concluded. (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia don’t allow collective bargaining.) However, “non-collective bargaining districts drive a harder bargain when it comes to health care: Just one-third of those districts offer free insurance to employees, versus one-half of those with bargaining rights.”

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  1. Why are any teachers getting free health insurance? That sure isn’t what the private sector offers- the normal split is 80/20 or 75/25.

  2. Michael E. Lopez says:

    It depends on what you think the “private sector” equivalent of a public school teacher is.

    Different fields have different standards. There is no “normal” split. There’s an average… but like they always say, no one actually has 2.1 kids.

  3. It’s also worth noting that ‘maximum pay’ is distinct from ‘pay’, so what teachers actually receive even in these non-bargaining agent jurisdictions is probably considerably lower. And to put things in perspective, the average per capita health care expense in the United States runs about $7500.

  4. Teachers are college graduates, so the equivalent would be a regular entry-to-mid level white collar office job. Basically what most of their classmates who did not go into education are doing.

    The Kaiser Foundation 2010 annual survey found that employees paid an average of 19% of the cost of a single plan and 30% of the cost of a family plan.