As Teacher Salaries Decline, More Work Second Jobs to Make Ends Meet
According to a new report, 25% of all NC teaches are working second jobs to make ends meet for their family. That's significantly above the national average of 16% and is the third highest rate in the country. This should be no surprise, as teacher salaries have failed to keep up with the cost of goods.
Teacher pay in North Carolina continues to be a hot button issue. WNCT is looking into a rising number of teachers picking up a second job to make ends meet.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 16% of teachers across the country work second jobs outside the school system. Yet in North Carolina, that number is much higher at nearly 25%–the third highest in the entire country.
Many teachers say low pay is forcing them to pick up the extra work.
Teaching salaries in our state have declined more than 17% over the last 10 years—more than any other state in the country.
Kacey Gray is one Pitt County School teacher feeling the impact. She’s a history teacher by day, and a salesperson at Old Navy by night. She works 15 to 20 extra hours a week at her second job, on top of the average 53 hours teachers work every week.
Gray says working a second job means isn’t giving her extra income, it just allows her to get by.
“It was a constant stomachache worrying about, okay I’ve got this, this and this and I have to make this much stretch. So you just don’t want to, in a profession, you don’t want to have to worry about that,” Gray said.