I came upon this piece from 2015 on the average salaries of NYC sanitation workers compared to other city workers. Since pattern bargaining gives us all basically the same raises, these numbers hold up today. Teachers are losing the income battle despite our advanced degrees and experience.
From the article:
One reason applicants may be lining up to become a sanitation worker is the pay. The starting salary is low, $33,746, but when you factor in overtime, it averages $47,371 in the first year. And after 5½ years, the salary jumps to an average of $88,616 dollars. That’s not bad, considering the average annual pay for New York City transit workers is $77,991, New York City teachers is $68,151 dollars and New York City Parks Department employees is $50,042.
Sanitation workers are considered uniformed workers so their pay is increased more than civilian workers in most labor contracts so the gap will only widen as time goes by.
If you are wondering about police officers, NYPD officers officers earn $85,292 after five years but the city admits that with overtime, night differential and longevity, that easily goes to over $100,000.
If we add in the pre-k teachers who work in universal pre-k Community Based Organizations, teacher salaries are probably lower than what is reported here. Ours is a mostly female job and sadly we are valued by society less than male dominated jobs. Does anyone have a better explanation as to why nobs that don't require advanced degrees earn as much or more than us? All respect to all of those workers; I do not begrudge them their living and feel in particular that NYPD officers should earn what their colleagues in the suburbs make. What about the way teachers are bullied by administration? It does not have to be this way.
I have been writing this blog and have been active in the UFT trying to change this for a long time but change can't come from Michael Mulgrew or Randi Weingarten; it has to come from the rank and file. Maybe the Me Too Movement will inspire teachers to speak up and stop taking the abuse at work.