US Teachers vs UK Teachers – How Do They Compare? Hours & Salary Comparison

We may believe the experience of going to
school is universal, but it varies greatly depending on which country you live in. Some might say that the purpose of education
is learning valuable information. Others would argue it’s primarily about
becoming an effective critical thinker, or that it’s simply a bridge to university. As the learning experience can vary depending
on culture, politics, and economics, the teaching experience also comes with its own set of
unique activities. Today we’re going to be looking at how teachers
on different sides of the Atlantic deal with their day to day at school. What is similar and what is not, and who has
the best role of the dice with the perks of the teaching game? Welcome to this episode of The Infographics
Show: US Teachers vs UK Teachers. When we started doing our research online,
we first came across a topic that has been making headlines in the United Kingdom…the
UK teacher recruitment crisis. The UK has a shortage of teachers, an issue
that has arisen as a result of the boom in birth rates and the rise in the number of
pupils attending schools. Though the number of primary teachers has
been steadily going up, it is not enough to deal with the increased number of children
joining primary schools. Adding to this, there have been complaints
of high workloads, increased targets, and insufficient remuneration, which have resulted
in experienced teachers leaving the profession. According to a YouGov poll, 53 per cent of
teachers are considering leaving their jobs. 11,000 young teachers actually leave during
training; a figure that is three times more than it was six years ago. British newspaper The Guardian reported that
Ministers had failed to meet teacher recruitment targets for five years in a row, leading to
10,000 fewer secondary school teachers being hired, than intended. And that recruitment target for computing
teachers had been missed by more than 1,000 over a five-year period. A shortfall in physics teachers of almost
1,200, and the target for mathematics teachers has been missed by 1,850 recruits. The figures published by the Department for
Education in 2016, also showed teacher vacancies up by 26% over the year, with 920 vacancies
for full-time permanent teachers in state-funded schools, up from 730 the year before. So how does this compare to the US teacher
talent pool? When we looked online, it seems many of the
same issues are apparent. A 2017 Washington Post article referenced
a study which published data stating that teacher education enrollment dropped by 35%,
from 691,000 to 451,000, between 2009 and 2014, and that nearly 8 percent of the teaching
workforce is leaving every year, many before retirement age. The reasons behind the shortages are similar
to those in the United Kingdom. 1. Student enrollments are increasing and will
continue to do so by 3 million, to 53 million total, in the next decade. This is driven by higher birth rates and immigration. 2. Teacher attrition is high, at 8% annually,
with two-thirds of those that leave, doing so before retirement age, and most because
of dissatisfaction with the conditions of their employment. So it seems there is a similar situation with
the teacher shortage in both the UK and US. So this is all interesting, but what about
the day-to-day experience of those teachers who are working in schools. How do the jobs compare? We took a look at salaries, and using data
from The OECD, we did some side-by-side comparisons. This is what we found out. For starting salaries, US teachers are paid
up to $42,000, where as in England, it is up to $31,000. For teachers working in the industry beyond
15 years, US teachers are paid up to $45,000, and in England it’s $42,000. For top of the scale teachers, US teachers
are paid up to $46,000, where as in England it is still $42,000. Looking at how the ages of these teachers
compare, the average age of a schoolteacher in America is 43, where as in England it is
39. In fact, teachers in England are the fifth
youngest, based on a survey of 5 million teachers in 34 countries. So US teachers do a little better on the salary
front, but maybe there are some other drawbacks. What about working hours? Well, unfortunately for those teachers in
England, the lower pay doesn’t equal lower hours. According to a study that was referenced in
an article in the UK newspaper, The Independent, teachers in England work longer hours than
almost anywhere else in the world. The study found secondary school teachers
work an average of 48.2 hours per week, with one in five working 60 hours or more. That’s an extra 2.7 hours per week compared
to teachers in America. The extra hours are spent on marking papers,
lesson preparation, and filling out forms. So the pros of teaching certainly seem to
be weighted to the US side, but an area we haven’t explored, is teaching materials
and supplies. UK schools are provided with supplies such
as pens, paper and learning resources, and though we did find some cases where the school
budget had been exhausted and the teachers had to dip in to their own pockets, these
seem to be isolated. However, in the US, this is a highly controversial
area and in many cases, teachers are being lumbered with large bills for supplies, which
if they do not buy, the teaching activities may not happen. According to a study by the National School
Supply and Equipment Association, US teachers spend around $500 of their own money each
year on supplies for their students. And in 2015, when the Huffington Post asked
teachers to tweet how much they spent on their classrooms, many replied saying several hundred
dollars, and some even several thousand, so this $500 average might be low. We all know the importance of good teachers,
so let’s look at what the data says in terms of student perspective. Statistics from an ING Foundation Survey,
told us this; roughly 88 percent of people say a teacher had a “significant, positive
impact” on their lives; Around 98 percent of people say a teacher can change the course
of a student’s life, and though it can vary by grade level and number of years teaching,
the average teacher affects more than 3,000 students during their career. There’s a lot to say about our community
of teachers on both sides of the ocean, and whichever country a teacher is based in, there
are always benefits and drawbacks. Are you a teacher who has his or her own perspective
on this subject? Maybe you’ve worked in both the US and UK? If so, we’d love to hear from you in the
comments. Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Average American vs Average European! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

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87 Responses

  1. The Infographics Show says:

    Who was the best teacher you ever had and why?

  2. Makaio ! says:

    In my secondary school, teachers seemed like they didn't care bout their pupils, just did their jobs to Teach, and most times take charge of us thinking they could boss us around.
    I was not a very bright kid and I used to be the target of their frustration.
    I had a few rare nice teachers
    My art teacher was nice and didn't push me to work because she knew I was not good at art
    My catering teacher was a bitch
    My drama teacher was personally not someone I would like but she saw potential in me, same with mg year nine English teacher even though I didn't personally like them
    And my maths teacher was always impressed by my fast maths work
    My Dt teacher was my favourite teacher I'd say, she supported me and improved my DT skills, she rarely told me off only if I deserved it

    My school was a hellhole, I only liked Dt, and lunch breaks when I could be with mates and get a free lunch from my mum

  3. anonymous User says:

    When people say America is a great country or compliment America all these people from other countries are like

    “ stfu idiot America is a stupid and poor , dirty country with scum bags so don’t ever speak of them as a great country again. Plus England is better.”

    I mean I guess that’s one way to try and give your country attention ?

  4. Runa Mukherjee says:

    I'm from neither country, so somebody please tell me what is it about teachers spending on classrooms??

  5. Amazing says:

    In the uk your safe but in America you dead

  6. Belynda taber says:

    can you do an Australian one

  7. Roblox player Playz says:

    In 0:16 the teacher is a spider lol XD

  8. Art Bee says:

    Our teacher is very much fine in the uk

  9. EthelredFlametail says:

    One of the reasons Teachers are dropping is because when we was all younger some of us had bad teachers and now that some of us are adults those who have had bad experience with teachers think. [Thank goodness I am out of there. I am never going to go back to that.]

  10. Milfuelle100 says:

    I’m an ESL teacher from Canada. I’ve been living abroad for a few years but I’ll be returning to Canada soon to get my Bachelor of Education (2 years, not 4.) English and American teaching salaries are SOOOOO low. In my home province, the minimum salary for a new elementary school teacher is around $44,000 before tax. After 10 years it’s about $86,000 before tax. In Ontario, Alberta, and Nova Scotia, salaries are close to $100,000 before tax after 10 years.

  11. The Greatest says:

    Uk pound is worth more than a US dollar so the payment of teachers in both countries will be similar

  12. rift69tfir 68 says:


  13. Dragon king says:

    Serbian teachers are better than both US and UK ones.

  14. Mocha Doll says:

    Uk schools
    • uncomfortable uniforms
    • always in crowded halls
    • not allowed to use phones in class (but we use them secretly)
    • every year new year 7s are coming to school
    • aggressive older students

  15. Forza Gaming says:

    I will provide a substantial amount of money for the British Dep. of Education for the best education in British schools.

  16. Christine Rahardja says:

    Well I guess teachers in Australia are the luckiest. They don’t have to outpocket their salary. They just ask from the student A’s parents for donation money and it is not compulsory.

  17. Slushy 4164 says:

    For the past few days I’ve been off school because all our teachers are calling in sick (on strike) for a bill that might be passed about financial issues.

  18. Willem Caney says:

    However being from the uk he didn’t differentiate between what type of teacher eg year (the higher year you teach the more pay) and subject (you get more for being a language or maths teacher than a art teacher) also he didn’t mention the pass rates of the uk compared to that of the usa

  19. Lily D says:

    Im going to become an English or pe teacher at the school i go to now

  20. donna carpenter says:

    All the stuff about England if false I know couse I lived there for the most of my life

  21. Georgia Hunt says:

    If it’s the UK please stop saying England, the UK covers 3 more countries, not just England!

  22. TEENY PLANET says:

    In England we use pounds ? not dollars ?

  23. OlliebuildsYT says:

    I have noticed there are less students in my american class then in england. In the US I had 22 fellow students and 31 in my English class

  24. Xion gaming says:

    They get paid more in us cause they got to buy supplies and still UK has free hospital unlike us how much will that amount to now heeeeeeh

  25. OBLIVION TM says:

    Dosent matter. Schools still suppress boys

  26. Fang Tastic says:

    My teacher is Irish and once I got a substitute from Australia so yey

  27. Bouncin' Betty says:

    Scotland has it's own parliament and a different education system, please rename this to "US teachers vs English teachers", a lot of English and Scottish things are the same but education is really different.

  28. Sanik4269 • says:

    My teachers a feminist

  29. Kpop Emo Trash says:

    Yeah I'm in the uk and have a biology specialist teaching me higher physics

  30. Rod Marshall says:

    we actually get 31,000 POUNDS not dollars which is equivallent to 42,000 dollars. Also a high position like head teacher can pay up to 100,000 pounds (that is in a rich, big school) which is the same as 132,000 dollars

  31. Brandon Caraveo says:

    On school lunchs, who lost.


  32. James Gamings says:

    in phillipines we have a university thats 609 years old

  33. Michael Kirschner says:

    My band teacher was paid 103,000$ for her salary of band teacher before retiring and becoming the Band Director of SHU University.

  34. space unicorn says:

    In my English high school we were so understaffed that my PE teacher taught me maths and a history teacher had to teach religious education and geography. It was an absolute mess and most people got no GCSE's

  35. Forza223 Bowe says:

    Teachers jobs are not easy, putting up with rude, disrespectful kids and parents. However, they only work 13 weeks of the year!

  36. Ella Bullas says:

    England isn't the only country in the UK u know. Also, these vids do annoy me as they don't seem to think about how many teachers in the US have guns and all that. Btw I live in England and here there are like probably less schools with less pupils in them, I don't know what it's like in the US. But here primary schools (4-11 yrs) can have around maybe 200-400 kids but in secondary (11-16) there can be about 1000-2000 kids, you should have talked about those differences in the us
    Also, although I know there are lots of kids in England, it's an ageing population, meaning there are more adults and the majority of people are getting older, in the future pls mention this

  37. TheCrazyTopHatMan says:

    Uh Scotland, Wales Ireland. We’re all different

  38. Neil Harris says:

    DO SOME RESEARCH! There are 4 education authorities in the UK. The UK is NOT England. Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England have separate education systems run by their respective governments.

  39. Fatin Shadab says:

    The two country should develop on this project as education is the backbone of success of a Nation.

  40. Meerkat Overlord22 says:

    US teachers may get payed more but UK teachers have a chance of getting stabbed by a roadman

  41. Nb says:

    I'm NEVER becoming a teacher, I dont want the the children to suffer as much as I would

  42. Wesley Crusher says:

    My best is teacher is mrs Horan (my maths teacher)

  43. Destiny Roby says:

    1. British pound is stronger than the dollar soooo teachers in “England” most likely get paid wayyy more if you actually convert it…..
    2. You did not mention the benefits that teachers possess in England. Examples being: free healthcare, PAID maternity leave and vacation etc etc
    3. ENGLAND IS NOT THE UK. ENGLAND IS A COUNTRY IN THE UK. The UK is a region. For crying out loud! I feel so bad for the Scottish, welsh, and Irish, gosh.

  44. O L D J O K E S says:

    Next:finnish teachers vs uk or us teacher

  45. Cacoa Dentry says:

    I live in the UK and what I would like to say is that compared to the US dollar to the English sterling the English sterling is worth more.

  46. Tahmedur Rahman says:

    If you want to earn a lot as a teacher, you need to be a Assistant Headteacher or above

  47. Gabriel Venter says:

    wait top end teachers in schools like eton get huge salaries, free boarding at the school and free scholarships for their kids (my friends went to eton), thats definately not $42k?

  48. Elias Rahimi says:

    Maybe they can fix this by giving teachers 10000000000 dollar a day

  49. Schmitt Djeson says:

    Nice going infographica show. But what about french school?

  50. Georgina Newbury says:

    i'm from the UK and i have never had a shortage of teachers for English i have 3 different teachers and were only supposed to have 1

  51. Carla Henderson says:

    The UK isn't just England! Its Wales Northern island and more.

  52. Awesome Cool Entertainer says:

    The reason the UK, (not England) has a lower salary is because they have a lower cost of living, and lower GDP.

  53. Eddie Whitaker says:


  54. Rita Tran says:

    Teachers are the most underrated job. Think about it, they’re teaching earth’s future for only $40k a year.

  55. Tyler Li says:

    Bruh idk if it is just in nyc these teachers are racist yeah in school they don’t treat people the same but if outside the school it’s much worse whatever you do hope their not Italian they are mainly the problems in my old schools

  56. Edyta Klimczak says:

    Mrs. Robson because she was the kindest teacher I ever had. And I was her favourite student.

  57. 666 Gc8 says:

    Why does this channel keep making videos about things, they constantly get it wrong.

  58. Grace Murphy says:

    He got it wrong teachers in the UK earn 0 dollers but pounds

  59. brunskins 69 says:

    What about private schools smh

  60. Seth Achenbach says:

    One year ago today this video was made

  61. Bobby Biller says:

    No offence to other teachers but my teachers couldn’t care less ??? we were going through this paper in form time cause our head of year made up ?? but our teacher was like can I really be bother, no do what you want ????

  62. watergod 83 says:

    Meanwhile, Finland sits there munching on popcorn, running laps around both of em

  63. Elliani Xxxx says:

    Ermmm but still schools in the “Uk” r poor n unhygienic!

  64. Suzy Sheep gang says:

    Where are my Americans at


  65. trudy_Ann Marshall says:


  66. Plato's Cave says:

    Perks of a shortage of teachers in the United Kingdom is incredibly generous bursaries to actually train to become one. I'm a Philosophy graduate being given £9000 tax free (atop of student finance which pays for my tuition and gives me a maintainance of around £10000), to study to become a RE teacher. For maths and science graduates, that bursary rises to £26000. Even if you're not keen to teach in the UK, earn a PGCE and teach abroad.

  67. C X says:

    Teaching is more of a vocational job? Or is that just because I went to a catholic school???

  68. Pull up 420 says:


  69. mountaingal homemaker says:

    Teachers in the UK also have a longer school year

  70. Mimi The meme says:

    I go to an English school but not in England so…

  71. Ejaaz Ahmed says:

    Just go to Asia. Teacher will belt you into learning stuff.

  72. Melody snow says:

    Of course, UK has better teachers duh.
    They have hogwarts.

  73. Mia Red says:

    I love my high school it's amazing in the UK

  74. cherryxo says:

    Where I live teachers work 9 hours and students go to school for 7 hours. Teachers don't pay for school supplies, we buy our own, it teaches us to be independant.

  75. matthew Jay says:

    3:33 I don't believe that. I'm from England and all through my education the teachers were old. The vast majority were over 40.

  76. Tima Aldoseri says:


  77. Blue Venger says:

    My best teacher ever is my gcse math teacher especially when she bought everybody a pizza who got A and above on their final gcse papers

  78. Joanna Bancyr says:

    my uk teacher is 27

  79. TTV 01POODLE says:

    Mate pounds are stronger than $

  80. Calanit Myers says:

    All teachers need a pay raise

  81. Lisa Lynn says:

    Lol I'm from the UK and one of my teachers is 23

  82. Lily Evers says:

    I have a 53 years old teacher in England. His name is Mr. Roles

  83. Hannah Online says:

    Well I mean if you look at the average IQ of both it says a lot

  84. Investing Teacher says:

    Cost of living matters as well. As a teacher I think these are great ideas. I help other teachers invest their hard earned money on my channel as well.

  85. Riri J says:

    Don't put uk in the title if its just about England (btw im from England )

  86. Soft Mochi A0M says:

    TA’s exist.

  87. Kitty Toast says:

    This is not accurate for England my dad is a teacher for 25 years and he gets paid £52,000 a year so you're far off

  88. Yep its Marcry says:

    My music teacher got fired for being an alcoholic, but it was fine cuz everyone hated him

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