Are People Overpaid??

Here is a continuation of previous posts about OVERPAID people.  This time let’s go to a National Organization.  How many people think that Teachers, in general, are overpaid??  Show of hands…..

I do not have concrete statistics on the answer to that question, and I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT TEACHERS ARE OVERPAID!  In fact, I believe that most good teachers are UNDERPAID!!  I understand that there are some terrible, horrible “teachers” in the USA and they deserve to be fired, tarred and feathered.  Some belong in JAIL.  BUT, for a large majority of teachers, they are trying to do a good job and care about results.  I even imagine that most would change the way they teach if they were shown a better way.  THIS POST IS NOT DISPARAGING TEACHERS!!  BUT……I do want to talk about the National Education Association, the NEA.

The NEA – this is THE teachers UNION.  I have provided a link to a list of their “employees” and their salaries.  Here are some bullet points:

  • They list 1017 “employees.  If we eliminate “former employees” (10, that are still paid something?, but probably do nothing), “unpaid interns” (39 of 97 “interns” are unpaid and only 10 make more than $10,000), “Board of Directors” (249, the highest salary is $21,733, but ALL but 7 of whom are paid less than $10,000, and 150 are UNPAID) and there are 36 people who are unpaid, we are left with 684 “employees”.  If we eliminate the 68 people who earn less than $10,000, there are 8 less than $1,000, 2 less than $2,000, 8 less than $3,000, 19 less than $4,000, 12 less than $5,000, 7 less than $6,000, 7 less than $7,000, 1 less than $8,000, 2 less than $9,000 and 2 less than $10,000.  We are left with 619 people who work for the NEA.  These are people paid through Union Dues from our teachers.  I could eliminate a few more, say up to a beginning teachers salary, but you should see the point shortly.  619 of 1017 is 61% of the entire employees of the NEA “earn more than $10,000.
  • 423 of the employees of the NEA “earn” MORE THAN $100,000!! 423 of 619 is 68% of the employees are paid MORE THAN $100,000!!!
  • 121 of the employees of the NEA “earn” more than $150,000!!
  • 25 of the employees of the NEA “earn” more than $200,000!!
  • 3 of the employees of the NEA “earn” more than $300,000!!
  • 1 employee of the NEA “earns” more than $400,000!!

At $410,133/year salary John Wilson “earns almost as much as President Obama ($450,000/year).  Seriously??  Do you think he is overpaid??

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