Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A Few Thoughts on Compensation

After checking a few direct resources I have determined that the average teenage babysitter, lacking a high school graduation, earns about $8.00/hour. If they worked 40/week and 50 weeks/year their annual income, before taxes, would be $16,000.
Keeping that in the background I would posit this thought: my wife, talented, highly educated, elegant, lovely, personable, mature and dedicated taught art to elementary age children in a private school. She also arranged all the bulletin boards every month and arranged her classes to coincide with the current curriculum each class level was experiencing – an ever-changing challenge. For this she earned – at the peak of her career – about $25,000.
She had about 15 students per class and taught 24 classes per week. If she had been paid the equivalent of a teenage babysitter the numbers would look something like this: 15 students x 24 classes x 40 weeks x $8.00/hour = $115,200.
Conclusion – your babysitters are being over-compensated


Blogger Randy said...

Thanks for the math though I guess I'd turn that around. It ain't that the babysitters are overpaid (is there a more important job in the world than being entrusted with the care of our young'uns?) Rather, and with the same rationale, I'd argue it that our teachers are grossly underpaid.

June 17, 2008 at 4:07 PM  

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