It’s no secret that teachers aren’t paid as much as we deserve. This is an absolutely critical issue that affects the well-being of future generations. But it’s also okay to laugh about it sometimes, even if only to ease the pain. Presenting our favorite memes about teacher pay:

1. When you get that first paycheck

Surprised face at a teacher salary first check

This can’t be right, can it?

2. When you have to get creative with your vacation plans

What a ski vacation on a teacher salary looks like -- skiing in kitchen

Hitting the slopes…in my apartment.

3. When you’re thinking maybe you chose the wrong profession

Funny teacher meme

I like diamonds.

4. When you’re turning nickels into quarters, one paycheck at a time

Memes About Teacher Pay

Thank you so much.

Source: @studentsaywhat

5. When the comparison game isn’t worth it 

List of careers ... Teachers say 'you guys are getting paid'

All of these professions require advanced degrees.

Source: @the_this_and_that

6. When your 10-year challenge looks a little different

Teacher Pay Memes

Pay us more, please.

Source: @unitedteachersofdade

7. When you have to buy new supplies every year

Memes about teacher pay

Out of your own pocket, of course.

Source: @skoolrulz

8. When any teacher can tell you the real reason there’s a “shortage”

Teacher salary meme

It’s the pay, people.

Source: @bestpowerpointsforspanish

9. When you’re ready to give lawmakers a better idea of what goes into teaching

Teacher meme salary pay

Their phone numbers are publicly available, after all.

Source: @vadogwoodnews

10. When you’re living paycheck to paycheck

Memes teacher pay

Sad but true.

Source: @lilcupcakekitten

11. When the math doesn’t add up

Memes teacher pay

We’ll take the babysitter rate, thanks.

Source: @crazy_grandma_teacher

12. When you live this cycle on repeat

Teacher memes salary

Oh no, what have I done?

Source: @anelementarypurpose

13. When your friends need an education

Teacher salary memes


Source: @tcha_news

14. When you definitely can’t afford the latest iPhone

Memes for teacher pay

Nope, can’t even think about it.

15. When you relate to Breaking Bad a little too much

Teacher meme salary pay

Maybe Walter White had the right idea.

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