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Globally, teachers have been protesting for decades, campaigning for improved pay, with teachers even in some of the most well developed countries living below the poverty line.
To see just how bad the situation is, we’ve created the Teaching Salary Index, where we’ve researched the average teaching salary in the top 100 developed economies and benchmarked that as a percentage of local GDP (PPP). This helps answers just how much teachers get paid and what that means in terms of local living standards.
Spoiler: across all of the countries we researched, teachers are being paid 48% below the local average cost of goods and services.
Note: GDP (PPP) is one method of comparing the affordability of living in different countries, allowing us to take into account earning potential and the cost of goods and services.