Iwamoto Yuri wrote:Sooo, I've been looking at an article about teacher's pays, where a teacher revealed she's paid $35,490 per year and can't live off of this... I can imagine this to be a struggle when having kids, but living alone this should be plenty right..? Are living costs in the US really that bad..?
In the big cities, and in more heavily urbanized states, yes. But in, say, a rural area in the deep south or in the so-called 'fly-by country", a single guy can just get himself a trailer, move it to a trailer park or something, work a part time job that doesn't pay all that well, and get by on this.
Our country has huge amounts of sparsely populated/unoccupied land. But this would require for people to move out of the big cities, where most of the big job opportunities are. Though, I would say that if you're only making $35,000 a year you might as well go live somewhere cheaper.
Another thing that the US is pretty notorious for is student loan debt, and that may also make it difficult to afford to live even on a modestly high salary. We have this culture where students are expected to go straight from high school to college, because they've been told that a college degree is the key to upward mobility. However, they often don't know what they want to do with their lives even while they're in college, and many end up getting degrees in the humanities and the liberal arts, and all the while there's a shortage of people (especially women) choosing to major in the STEM fields. And so, there's a glut of students with degrees in fields with limited demand, resulting in lots of people who went to college just to end up flipping burgers like before, only this time they have a mountain of debt to pay off. If you're a teacher in the US, it's a certainty that you had to spend several years in college to be qualified to hold such a position. So almost all teachers start out with some debt, unless you get a private scholarship or live in Louisiana, where the state pays your way if you get a high enough score on the ACT (their equivalent to the SAT). I'm not sure if other states offer something similar.