US Teachers vs UK Teachers – How Do They Compare? Hours & Salary Comparison


We may believe the experience of going to
school is universal, but it varies greatly depending on which country you live in. Some might say that the purpose of education
is learning valuable information. Others would argue it’s primarily about
becoming an effective critical thinker, or that it’s simply a bridge to university. As the learning experience can vary depending
on culture, politics, and economics, the teaching experience also comes with its own set of
unique activities. Today we’re going to be looking at how teachers
on different sides of the Atlantic deal with their day to day at school. What is similar and what is not, and who has
the best role of the dice with the perks of the teaching game? Welcome to this episode of The Infographics
Show: US Teachers vs UK Teachers. When we started doing our research online,
we first came across a topic that has been making headlines in the United Kingdom…the
UK teacher recruitment crisis. The UK has a shortage of teachers, an issue
that has arisen as a result of the boom in birth rates and the rise in the number of
pupils attending schools. Though the number of primary teachers has
been steadily going up, it is not enough to deal with the increased number of children
joining primary schools. Adding to this, there have been complaints
of high workloads, increased targets, and insufficient remuneration, which have resulted
in experienced teachers leaving the profession. According to a YouGov poll, 53 per cent of
teachers are considering leaving their jobs. 11,000 young teachers actually leave during
training; a figure that is three times more than it was six years ago. British newspaper The Guardian reported that
Ministers had failed to meet teacher recruitment targets for five years in a row, leading to
10,000 fewer secondary school teachers being hired, than intended. And that recruitment target for computing
teachers had been missed by more than 1,000 over a five-year period. A shortfall in physics teachers of almost
1,200, and the target for mathematics teachers has been missed by 1,850 recruits. The figures published by the Department for
Education in 2016, also showed teacher vacancies up by 26% over the year, with 920 vacancies
for full-time permanent teachers in state-funded schools, up from 730 the year before. So how does this compare to the US teacher
talent pool? When we looked online, it seems many of the
same issues are apparent. A 2017 Washington Post article referenced
a study which published data stating that teacher education enrollment dropped by 35%,
from 691,000 to 451,000, between 2009 and 2014, and that nearly 8 percent of the teaching
workforce is leaving every year, many before retirement age. The reasons behind the shortages are similar
to those in the United Kingdom. 1. Student enrollments are increasing and will
continue to do so by 3 million, to 53 million total, in the next decade. This is driven by higher birth rates and immigration. 2. Teacher attrition is high, at 8% annually,
with two-thirds of those that leave, doing so before retirement age, and most because
of dissatisfaction with the conditions of their employment. So it seems there is a similar situation with
the teacher shortage in both the UK and US. So this is all interesting, but what about
the day-to-day experience of those teachers who are working in schools. How do the jobs compare? We took a look at salaries, and using data
from The OECD, we did some side-by-side comparisons. This is what we found out. For starting salaries, US teachers are paid
up to $42,000, where as in England, it is up to $31,000. For teachers working in the industry beyond
15 years, US teachers are paid up to $45,000, and in England it’s $42,000. For top of the scale teachers, US teachers
are paid up to $46,000, where as in England it is still $42,000. Looking at how the ages of these teachers
compare, the average age of a schoolteacher in America is 43, where as in England it is
39. In fact, teachers in England are the fifth
youngest, based on a survey of 5 million teachers in 34 countries. So US teachers do a little better on the salary
front, but maybe there are some other drawbacks. What about working hours? Well, unfortunately for those teachers in
England, the lower pay doesn’t equal lower hours. According to a study that was referenced in
an article in the UK newspaper, The Independent, teachers in England work longer hours than
almost anywhere else in the world. The study found secondary school teachers
work an average of 48.2 hours per week, with one in five working 60 hours or more. That’s an extra 2.7 hours per week compared
to teachers in America. The extra hours are spent on marking papers,
lesson preparation, and filling out forms. So the pros of teaching certainly seem to
be weighted to the US side, but an area we haven’t explored, is teaching materials
and supplies. UK schools are provided with supplies such
as pens, paper and learning resources, and though we did find some cases where the school
budget had been exhausted and the teachers had to dip in to their own pockets, these
seem to be isolated. However, in the US, this is a highly controversial
area and in many cases, teachers are being lumbered with large bills for supplies, which
if they do not buy, the teaching activities may not happen. According to a study by the National School
Supply and Equipment Association, US teachers spend around $500 of their own money each
year on supplies for their students. And in 2015, when the Huffington Post asked
teachers to tweet how much they spent on their classrooms, many replied saying several hundred
dollars, and some even several thousand, so this $500 average might be low. We all know the importance of good teachers,
so let’s look at what the data says in terms of student perspective. Statistics from an ING Foundation Survey,
told us this; roughly 88 percent of people say a teacher had a “significant, positive
impact” on their lives; Around 98 percent of people say a teacher can change the course
of a student’s life, and though it can vary by grade level and number of years teaching,
the average teacher affects more than 3,000 students during their career. There’s a lot to say about our community
of teachers on both sides of the ocean, and whichever country a teacher is based in, there
are always benefits and drawbacks. Are you a teacher who has his or her own perspective
on this subject? Maybe you’ve worked in both the US and UK? If so, we’d love to hear from you in the
comments. Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Average American vs Average European! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

100 thoughts on “US Teachers vs UK Teachers – How Do They Compare? Hours & Salary Comparison”

  1. Uk schools
    • uncomfortable uniforms
    • always in crowded halls
    • not allowed to use phones in class (but we use them secretly)
    • every year new year 7s are coming to school
    • aggressive older students

  2. I will provide a substantial amount of money for the British Dep. of Education for the best education in British schools.

  3. Well I guess teachers in Australia are the luckiest. They don’t have to outpocket their salary. They just ask from the student A’s parents for donation money and it is not compulsory.

  4. For the past few days I’ve been off school because all our teachers are calling in sick (on strike) for a bill that might be passed about financial issues.

  5. However being from the uk he didn’t differentiate between what type of teacher eg year (the higher year you teach the more pay) and subject (you get more for being a language or maths teacher than a art teacher) also he didn’t mention the pass rates of the uk compared to that of the usa

  6. I have noticed there are less students in my american class then in england. In the US I had 22 fellow students and 31 in my English class

  7. They get paid more in us cause they got to buy supplies and still UK has free hospital unlike us how much will that amount to now heeeeeeh

  8. Scotland has it's own parliament and a different education system, please rename this to "US teachers vs English teachers", a lot of English and Scottish things are the same but education is really different.

  9. we actually get 31,000 POUNDS not dollars which is equivallent to 42,000 dollars. Also a high position like head teacher can pay up to 100,000 pounds (that is in a rich, big school) which is the same as 132,000 dollars

  10. My band teacher was paid 103,000$ for her salary of band teacher before retiring and becoming the Band Director of SHU University.

  11. In my English high school we were so understaffed that my PE teacher taught me maths and a history teacher had to teach religious education and geography. It was an absolute mess and most people got no GCSE's

  12. Teachers jobs are not easy, putting up with rude, disrespectful kids and parents. However, they only work 13 weeks of the year!

  13. England isn't the only country in the UK u know. Also, these vids do annoy me as they don't seem to think about how many teachers in the US have guns and all that. Btw I live in England and here there are like probably less schools with less pupils in them, I don't know what it's like in the US. But here primary schools (4-11 yrs) can have around maybe 200-400 kids but in secondary (11-16) there can be about 1000-2000 kids, you should have talked about those differences in the us
    Also, although I know there are lots of kids in England, it's an ageing population, meaning there are more adults and the majority of people are getting older, in the future pls mention this

  14. DO SOME RESEARCH! There are 4 education authorities in the UK. The UK is NOT England. Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England have separate education systems run by their respective governments.

  15. 1. British pound is stronger than the dollar soooo teachers in “England” most likely get paid wayyy more if you actually convert it…..
    2. You did not mention the benefits that teachers possess in England. Examples being: free healthcare, PAID maternity leave and vacation etc etc
    3. ENGLAND IS NOT THE UK. ENGLAND IS A COUNTRY IN THE UK. The UK is a region. For crying out loud! I feel so bad for the Scottish, welsh, and Irish, gosh.

  16. I live in the UK and what I would like to say is that compared to the US dollar to the English sterling the English sterling is worth more.

  17. wait top end teachers in schools like eton get huge salaries, free boarding at the school and free scholarships for their kids (my friends went to eton), thats definately not $42k?

  18. i'm from the UK and i have never had a shortage of teachers for English i have 3 different teachers and were only supposed to have 1

  19. The reason the UK, (not England) has a lower salary is because they have a lower cost of living, and lower GDP.

  20. Teachers are the most underrated job. Think about it, they’re teaching earth’s future for only $40k a year.

  21. Bruh idk if it is just in nyc these teachers are racist yeah in school they don’t treat people the same but if outside the school it’s much worse whatever you do hope their not Italian they are mainly the problems in my old schools

  22. No offence to other teachers but my teachers couldn’t care less 😂😂😂 we were going through this paper in form time cause our head of year made up 😫😫 but our teacher was like can I really be bother, no do what you want 😂😂😂😂

  23. Perks of a shortage of teachers in the United Kingdom is incredibly generous bursaries to actually train to become one. I'm a Philosophy graduate being given £9000 tax free (atop of student finance which pays for my tuition and gives me a maintainance of around £10000), to study to become a RE teacher. For maths and science graduates, that bursary rises to £26000. Even if you're not keen to teach in the UK, earn a PGCE and teach abroad.

  24. Where I live teachers work 9 hours and students go to school for 7 hours. Teachers don't pay for school supplies, we buy our own, it teaches us to be independant.

  25. 3:33 I don't believe that. I'm from England and all through my education the teachers were old. The vast majority were over 40.

  26. My best teacher ever is my gcse math teacher especially when she bought everybody a pizza who got A and above on their final gcse papers

  27. Cost of living matters as well. As a teacher I think these are great ideas. I help other teachers invest their hard earned money on my channel as well.

  28. This is not accurate for England my dad is a teacher for 25 years and he gets paid £52,000 a year so you're far off

  29. There is no such thing as a universal UK school system, so when this speaks of UK teachers it really means English teachers. In Scotland, the whole system is totally different.

  30. Okay so I'm not even mad about him referring to the UK as just England and forgetting about my country cause I'm so use to it at this point. What I'm angry about is that they didn't even put my country on the screen when showing "All" of the UK- 2:08

  31. IT'S NOT ONLY ENGLAND IN THE U.K. Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland exist too! If they're going to adress it as just England, then atleast try and just say 'The U.K'

  32. To be honest, all the teachers I had are great!, the teacher that I didn't like is the language teacher when I was in grade 7, now I am in high school

  33. I hate Americans. They are so arrogant, narcissistic and willing to put everyone else down to make themselves feel better

  34. If the US and UK invest in Education and Teachers they will not be able to have for the politicians of today in power. Education is this way so the people are dumb enough to be controlled by greedy oligarch-linked governments.

  35. Everybody thinks that teachers are cruel and mean and they don’t think about how much stress they have to through because my maths teacher is a totally different person outside of school

  36. It's worth pointing out that England, Scotland, Wales and NI all have differences in their education systems. The Scottish, Welsh and NI governments have devolved powers for education, whereas education in England is controlled by Westminster. So when the narrater is referring to England specifically, he is probably using figures from English education.

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