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

A Teacher's First Paycheck

When pay day isn't as exciting as you had hoped. 😏

Posted by WeAreTeachers on Friday, April 7, 2017

This can’t be right, can it?

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

Ski Vacation

Only partly kidding …

Posted by WeAreTeachers on Thursday, December 27, 2018

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 

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

Preach.

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.

Have more memes about teacher pay to share? We’d love to see them in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

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