The average Milwaukee Public School teacher pulls in over $100 thousand between salary and benefits. Milwaukee’s per capita income is only $19,092.

The average Milwaukee Public School teacher pulls in over $100 thousand between salary and benefits. Milwaukee’s per capita income is only $19,092.

MacIver’s Bill Osmulski reports from Milwaukee.

Under the governor’s proposal, unions still could represent workers, but they could not force employees to pay dues and would have to hold annual votes to stay organized. Only wages below the Consumer Price Index would be subject to collective bargaining, anything higher would have to be approved by referendum.

The average household income in Wisconsin is 46,000.00 per year.

So… Let’s see how some of the “POOR” public-sector employees are doing…

$239,700.00, Gregory Maass, Green Bay Area Sch Dist
$236,573.00, Steve Patz, Franklin Public Sch Dist
$228,125.00, Timothy Gavigan, Cooperative Ed Serv Agcy
$218,617.00, Kathleen Cooke, Hamilton Sch Dist
$217,159.00, Stephen Murley, Wausau Sch Dist
$216,864.00, William Hughes, Greendale Sch Dist
$215,869.00, Daryl Herrick, Cedarburg Sch Dist
$214,193.00, James Shaw, Racine Sch Dist
MUCH MORE… the list is long…

NOTE: These numbers include salary plus benefits

No Shared Sacrifice: Number of $100,000 School Salaries Up 13% To 14,048 in 2010
Posted: December 13, 2010

Phys Ed teacher pulls down $191,124, Superintendent $350,154.

By Bill Zettler

As Illinois citizens struggle with the severe economic downturn plaguing the state, Illinois public school employees enjoy another record year of salaries, fringe benefits and pensions. See “Top 100 Teachers Salaries” here.

Apparently there is no tax money for the barren shelves at food pantries or the lack of beds at homeless shelters or to extend unemployment benefits but there is enough tax money to pay for:

  • A Phys Ed teacher $191,124 for a 9 month work year.
  • 19 who made more over $1,000/day including 6 Phys Ed and three drama/music teachers.
  • A Drivers Ed teacher who salary is $18,205/month to teach teenagers how to parallel park.
  • Six teachers make more than the Governor’s $177,500.
  • Top 100 Teachers average $17,603 per month salary.

And all of that is for a 36-week work-year.

These Top 100 Salaries Do Not Include Massive Amounts of Fringe Benefits.
Add about $48,000 each for state pension contribution (30% of salary) and at least $7,500/yr health insurance benefits. Then include 15 days sick leave payable at retirement if not used, 2 personal days/yr and up to $300,000 payment to the Teachers Retirement System by the local school district if they decide to take early retirement (see “Anatomy of a Teachers Contract” here).

And what is the value of a guaranteed $100,000 job (called “Tenure”) for as long as you want it?

If we add all these benefits to salaries in order to determine “total compensation” then the Total Compensation for every one of “Top 100 Teacher Salaries” (see here) exceeds $200,000/year. We could stock a lot of food pantries with that kind of cash.

Rather than pay $200/hr for teachers why not hire full-time consultants?
What was your favorite subject in school? Here’s a short list by subject I found interesting. Notice when we add in the cost of fringe benefits (not including tenure) to come up with a “Total Compensation” amount we have some teachers making $200/hr.

$100,000 Teacher Salaries By Subject – Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2010
Subject 2010 High Salary Greater $100K 2010 Greater $100K 2009 Increase 2010 vs. 2009  
Art 154,748 166 145 14.48% Art
Clothing/Apparel 144,895 9 7 28.57% Clothing/Apparel
Drama 171,595 26 24 8.33% Drama
Drive Ed 164,985 138 132 4.55% Drive Ed
Elementary Education 137,175 800 556 43.88% Elementary Education
English 189,219 493 430 14.65% English
Foodservice 131,005 20 15 33.33% Foodservice
French 172,992 49 40 22.50% French
Latin 145,596 9 8 12.50% Latin
Librarians 154,071 193 111 73.87% Librarians
Music 164,415 275 231 19.05% Music
Nurse 136,166 26 23 13.04% Nurse
Phys Ed 191,124 710 591 20.14% Phys Ed
Speech 167,476 123 92 33.70% Speech
Salaries from ISBE, Teacher Service Records year Ending 6/30/10

Why do taxpayers have to pay these outrageous salaries and benefits?
Since the purpose of taxes is to “provide for the common good”, please explain to me what common good is “provided for” by making public employees millionaires? I would suggest that school districts that can afford to pay compensation of this magnitude should be paying for their own pensions rather than throwing it on the backs of all the state taxpayers. Doing that would save the state $1.6 billion a year. We cannot control teacher pensions unless we control teachers’ salaries.

The “wealth transfer” progressives’ talk about is not from the rich to the poor but from everyone to the public employees. There would be billions more dollars available for the poor if public employee compensation were equal to the private sector – and without raising taxes.

Bill Zettler is a free-lance writer and consultant specializing in public sector compensation. He can be contacted at this email address. Click here to read more by Mr. Zettler.

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