moandersen wrote: missvik218 wrote: moandersen wrote:
kalvano wrote:No, my wife is a teacher. It's around $35K - $40K.
But it's much cheaper to live in NC than in Chicago.
wow, thats incredibly depressing......
I think that's what it's like in most medium sized towns in America no?! Teachers where I grew up made about 35k - 40k I believe.
I think 35k-40k starting out (read: fresh out of ug) is reasonable, no doubt. If you go to the burbs to teach, its ridiculous how much more they make than those teaching in the city though.
Im just trying to wrap my brain around how to make ends meet for two people on just 40k/year and its just not computing at the moment because Im thinking of Chicago's CoL. Maybe after our visit, ill understand a little better.
It's much, much cheaper to live here, trust me. My parents (with me included, as I'm staying with them temporarily) live on ~$40,000 a year, maybe slightly less...and while they're by no means rich, they're also not in the poor house either. They're able to pay their bills just fine without living incredibly cheaply. We live about an hour from Winston-Salem. That salary would be a little rough if you're used to +$100,000 a year, but it'd only be for three years, right?
Also, maybe your wife could teach at a private school? I know public school teachers here in NC don't make much, but I have no idea about private school teachers. I could see them making more. With her credentials, I say she'd have at least a decent shot at getting a job at a private school, but I don't know much about teaching/the education system, so take that with a grain of salt.