Average Teacher Salary $44K, Teachers Union Bosses Rake in Almost $500K Per Year

Although the national average annual salary for teachers is $44,000 per year, teachers union bosses are raking in more than ten times that much. But remember, it’s all for the children.

Teachers across the country face pay freezes and possible layoffs, but the heads of the two biggest teachers unions saw their pay jump 20 percent last year, to nearly half a million dollars apiece.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten’s pay jumped to $407,323 between 2010 and 2011, while her counterpart at the National Education Association, Dennis Van Roekel, got a raise to $362,644. Factor in stipends and other paid expenses and Weingarten took in $493,859 and Van Roekel $460,060 for 2011.

The big salaries drew jeers from many educators and their advocates in the U.S., where the average nationwide salary for teachers is a scant $44,000 a year. By contrast, nearly 600 staffers at the NEA and AFT are raking in six-figure salaries, according to Association of American Educators Executive Director Gary Beckner.

“In terms of salaries, union executives rake in nearly 10 times the average household income and far more than any teacher,” Beckner told FoxNews.com. “Are teachers or anyone in the private sector experiencing those increases in times of financial hardship?” (Read More)

I’m sure the union bosses agree with President Obama when he says that successful business people didn’t become successful through their own hard work. But that doesn’t stop them from cashing in with these exorbitant salaries.

Via Maggie’s Notebook and the Association of American Educators.