http://www.worldsalaries.org/teacher.shtml# – Check out this site. Fun to look around and make comparisons.
This data really surprised me. I’m surprised that the average salary for American teachers is so high, particularly compared with the rest of the world. I would really like to see the range of salaries and regional disaggregation. If the average teacher is making $60,000/yr gross, I have a lot less sympathy for complaints about pay and workload.
The same database lists averages for many professions. Teachers rank up near the top. Professors average about $9,000 more per year. I don’t know if that makes me hopeful or not :-/