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Teacher pay fell further behind in 2022

Teachers made 26.4% less than other similarly educated professionals

EPI News

September 29, 2023

The pay penalty for teachers—the gap between the weekly wages of teachers and other college graduates—grew to a record 26.4% in 2022, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

This gap in pay—which is adjusted for education, experience, and demographic characteristics —has been worsening over time and is a significant change from the 6.1% pay penalty in 1996. The penalty hit 36.6% for men in the teaching profession in 2022, while the penalty was 21.3% for women. 

Recent high inflation has significantly reduced the average weekly wages of teachers but has had less of an effect on other college graduates. The inflation-adjusted weekly wages of public school teachers decreased by $128 from 2021 to 2022, from $1,457 to $1,329 (in 2022 dollars). In contrast, weekly wages of other college graduates stayed about the same from $2,170 to $2,167 over the same period.

The report also features state-level estimates showing that teachers are paid less than other college graduates in every state. The states with the largest teacher pay penalties include Colorado (37.4%), Arizona (33.2%), Virginia (32.1%), and Oklahoma (31.8%)—all states that had huge walkouts between 2018 and 2020 in response to low pay and other issues around public education funding. 

Although teachers tend to receive better benefits packages than other professionals do, this advantage is not large enough to offset the growing wage penalty for teachers. The total compensation penalty for teachers grew from 14.2% in 2021 to 17.0% in 2022.

“Over the past two decades, teacher pay has fallen further and further behind similarly qualified professionals. These worsening trends have become a significant and growing challenge for the teaching profession. Providing teachers with compensation commensurate with that of other similarly educated professionals is necessary to retain and attract qualified workers into the profession,” said report author Sylvia Allegretto, who is a senior economist at CEPR and research associate at EPI.

Merced County Fair Second Annual Job Fair on April 26

CVV News l April 25, 2023

The Merced County Fair will hold its second annual Job Fair on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at the Fairgrounds in the Tioga Hall. Department Supervisors will be accepting applications to fill nearly 200 positions for the 2023 Merced County Fair presented by Valley Children’s Healthcare. Available positions include admission ticket sellers, ticket takers, parking attendants, exhibit staff, janitorial staff, maintenance staff, guest services, security, concessions and more. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and will undergo a background check.

Fair Management and Department Supervisors are seeking individuals who can demonstrate excellent customer service in an entertaining and family-friendly environment. Applications will be available to fill out on-site, or applications can be picked up in advance at the Fair Administration Office located at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way any time between Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Applicants are encouraged to bring several resume copies to hand out for each available position that they are interested in. Interested applicants must also bring their photo ID. Business professional attire is strongly encouraged.

“We are looking for personable, hardworking candidates with excellent customer serviceskills who want to be part of this annual event for the Merced County community,” said Teresa Burrola, CEO, Merced County Fair. “We’re hoping to fulfill the large number of seasonal staff needed to put on Fair and kick off summer. It’s a great way to earn some extra money and get further involved in the tradition of the Merced County Fair!

The 2023 Merced County Fair runs June 7 – 11.

For more information please call (209) 722-1506, email or visit

Central Valley Voice
Central Valley Voice
Felicia Roberts took an idea gathered a few people to reached into a minority community to highlight the positive, using a minority newspaper the Central Valley Voice. Roberts was joined by her sisters Carolyn Williams, Alleashia Thomas, niece Hermonie Lynn Williams, nephew Ron Williams, cousin Jerald Lester, Jay Slaffey, Greg Savage, Tim Daniels and the late J Denise Fontaine. Each individual played an important role in the birth of the newspapers. Since, then many have stood strong behind the success of the newspapers and its goal to fill a void in the Central Valley community The Central Valley Voice published their 1st issue in November 1991. Its purposed was to highlight the achievements of minorities in the Central Valley. The Voice focuses on the accomplishments of African Americans and Hispanics giving young people role models while diminishing the stereotypical pictures of gangs, crime and violence that permeate the minority communities. Since 1991, the Central Valley Voice has provided an important voice for the minority community throughout the Madera, Merced. Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

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