Worthless Education: 5 WORST Countries in the World to Be a Teacher

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Being a teacher is not the same experience in different countries! In case you didn’t know, the recent report released by the the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has revealed 5 WORST countries to work as a teacher. The research data demonstrates a dramatic gap in salary rates. When converted to US dollars, teacher salaries in most countries turn out a lot smaller compared to the average teacher in America ($44,000 - $68,000).

The other factors influencing salary rates are school level, teacher’s gender, and, of course, experience level. Getting smaller salary is natural for an inexperienced teacher. Still, in some countries, educators with less experience can expect to make more on their first day than their counterparts other countries can hope to make a year!

 

What Countries Have the Lowest Salary Rates for Teachers?

  • Elementary School Teachers

According to OECD, the 5 countries where elementary school teachers get the lowest salaries are (top pay scale in brackets):

  1. Slovak Republic ($19,000)
  2. Czech Republic ($22,000)
  3. Hungary ($25,000)
  4. Poland ($26,000)
  5. Turkey ($32,000)
  • High School Teachers

The 5 countries where high school teachers get the lowest salaries are the same, but salary rates are slightly different:

  1. Slovak Republic ($19,000)
  2. Czech Republic ($22,000)
  3. Poland ($26,000)
  4. Hungary ($28,000)
  5. Turkey ($32,000)

What are the WORST Paying Countries by Gender?

 

Unfortunately, in many countries, salary rates are influenced by gender inequality. The sphere of education is no different.

  • Elementary School Teachers (by Gender)
  1. In Latvia, female educators in elementary schools get $18,000, while their male counterparts get $19,000.
  2. In Hungary and Czech Republic, the rates are equal for both women and men, but still low - $23,000.
  3. In Greece, the average rates difference is $2,000 with men getting $25,000, while women get only $23,000.
  4. In Chile, the rates difference is $2,000 with men getting $29,000, while women get $27,000.
  • High School Teacher (by Gender)
  1. In Latvia, high school teachers get $18,000, irrespective of gender.
  2. In Czech Republic, the rates are equal for both women and men - $24,000.
  3. In Hungary, the rates are also equal irrespective of gender - $25,000.
  4. In Greece, male teachers in high school get $25,000, while female get $24,000.
  5. In Poland, the men surprisingly get $30,000, which is a thousand dollars less than women - $31,000.

As a result, Poland is the worst-performing country in terms of high-school salaries. No country in the bottom 5 has a gender wage gap of over $1,000.

Meanwhile, Luxembourg was named the BEST country for teachers, paying an average salary of $109,000!

 

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