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Superintendent candidate claim: Walmart cashiers paid better than teachers

In a Facebook post, Constance Lav Johnson, candidate for N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction, claims that “Walmart pays more and offers better benefits for cashiers.”




















One person responded,

I agree that teachers deserve to be respected and should make more money, but blatant lies won’t help our cause. The average Wal-Mart cashier makes $10.50 an hour…working 40 hours a week (12 months) is approximately $22,000 a year. In comparison, a first year teacher makes $13,000 more, working 2 months less. Throw local county supplements in and a first year teacher probably makes more like $36,500 or so. Our starting salaries are competitive with other states, we need to increase veteran teacher salaries up to 65k a year for a 30 year teacher (w/o masters pay).

Of course, this does not account for the $17,500+ in benefits that North Carolina teachers receive.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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