11 Surprising Statistics That Sum Up the Life of a Teacher

Changing lives every day!

As another year comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on just how amazing and valuable teachers are. There are so many negative stories and statistics out there about teacher pay, educator shortages and people leaving the profession. It’s high time we focused on the good examples of teachers working so incredibly hard to make a difference in the lives of children.

So the next time you see a negative or disheartening statistic about the life of a teacher, try to remember one of these instead. It’s not an easy job, but it’s definitely one of the most impactful and rewarding!

1. How Much You Spend Out of Pocket

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You spent an average of $500 of your own money on classroom supplies this year.

Source: The Education Market Association

 

2. How Much You Work

You worked an average of 50 hours a week.

Source: National Education Association

 

3. How Much You Keep Working


Teachers work more than 400 hours of overtime in a year—our school day never ends.

Source: ING Foundation Survey

4. How Much You’re Still Working

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Around 30 percent of you have jobs outside of being a teacher.

Source: Texas State Teachers Association

 

5. How Much You Go the Extra Mile

More than 65 percent of you paid for food or covered the costs of field trips for your students.

Source: AdoptAClassroom.org

 

6. How Much You’re Appreciated


Your impact on lives is ongoing—roughly 88 percent of people say a teacher had a “significant, positive impact” on their lives.

Source: ING Foundation Survey

7. How Much You Care

During the cold months, one out of three of you bought coats, mittens and/or other clothes to help keep your students warm.

Source: AdoptAClassroom.org

 

8. How Much You Change Lives

Around 3.5 million students will graduate U.S. high schools this year, and they’ve all had the influence of a great teacher like you.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

 

9. How Much the World Knows It

impact of a teacher
People believe in the work you do. Around 98 percent of people say a teacher can change the course of a student’s life.

Source: ING Foundation Survey

 

10. How Many of Us Have Your Back

You are part of one of the largest professions in the country, with more than 3.1 million teachers across the United States.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

 

11. How Many Students Will Always Remember You

teacher impact

It can vary by grade level and number of years teaching, but the average teacher affects more than 3,000 students during their career.

Take a look at this video to learn more about the impact of a teacher.

Stacy Tornio

Posted by Stacy Tornio

Stacy Tornio is a senior editor with WeAreTeachers. Nearly everyone in her family is a teacher. So she decided to be rebellious and write about teachers instead.

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