Survey: Pay Is Biggest Driver Behind Teachers Quitting

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new survey reveals that low pay is the biggest reason Missouri teachers leave the profession.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently shared its findings from a survey of 6,000 teachers, principals and administrators with the State Board of Education.

The board’s president, Charlie Shields, says the data is powerful because every surveyed group cited salary as the number one issue with recruiting and retaining teachers.

U.S. Department of Education data shows that Missouri’s average salary for teachers is $48,293. The Missouri State Teachers Association says most teachers start out making between $30,000 and $40,000 a year.

The survey found that pay was followed by a lack of leadership and support as reasons that lead to teachers quitting.

Teachers say students are the main reason that most stay.