Teaching Salary in the 1800s

QEMA 2-1

This note is a request to pay a teacher his salary.  The salary for an entire year is eighty-seven dollars and fifty cents.  Using a rough inflation calculator, it seems that the teacher’s salary would be around $1,989 in modern times.  A modern teacher making that salary would live in dire conditions.  In 1877, the teacher lived with local families and scraped by due to the generosity of the community.

What would we do if this was the case now?  Would our communities be so generous?


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