A Lesson in Economics
COVID-19 has put teachers in the spotlight. The pandemic has forced America's educators to master virtual learning on the fly while still juggling traditional, in-class teaching — all while risking their health and well-being for a salary that forces many of them to barely cling to a spot in the middle class. Even so, only a handful of countries pay teachers more than the United States. Using data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Cheapism profiled the 10 highest-paying countries and the 10 lowest-paying countries to find out how American educators would fare if they got a passport and took their talents overseas. For the sake of consistency, the ranking is based on the top end of each country's pay scale for public high school teachers (primary and middle school teachers might make more or less).