More than half the teachers who participated in a Nevada State Education Association survey are considering leaving education.
Over an eight-month period, more than 3,000 educators were asked about income levels, working a second job and salary incentives.
“The survey results are a brutal reminder that teaching is a challenging profession where more than 50 percent are considering leaving their jobs due to factors beyond their control,” said Ruben Murillo, the president of the organization, in a statement.
About 56 percent of those who responded to the survey have a master’s degree, and nearly 40 percent have been in the profession 10 to 20 years — another 30 percent have worked in education more than 20 years. The majority make less than $60,000, with about 24 percent earning between $50,000 and $60,000 and 23 percent making between $40,000 and $50,000.
Almost three quarters who responded said they don’t have enough time to prepare during the school day — when it comes to using their own time to prep outside the classroom, about 35 percent spend between five and 10 hours, 22 percent spend between 10 and 15 hours and 21 percent spend more than 15 hours.
And some still have to rely on additional employment.
More than a third work a second job during the school year. About 80 percent feel the quality of their work would improve if they didn’t have a second job and nearly 90 percent would quit that job if they were paid adequately.
“If Nevada is serious about recruiting and retaining quality educators, the concerns expressed in this survey need to be addressed,” Murillo Jr. said.