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Hmm. - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Well, I missed the last Friday in September in Shifts, so Smeltings will have the annoying practice of paying on the first Friday of the next month. I looked up teaching salaries. Does £27,500 sound about right for a yearly salary in outer London, 1995 (Londonweighting included)? (I got the number from 1996.) Translating it to USD, it's $49,354.72... you folks pay teachers way better than we do.

I have to say, the idea of "Londonweighting" is a very good one. It reaches a point of absurdity when someone in Boston makes the exact same salary as someone in Albuquerque, because it's effectively a different wage. The 31,500 starting salary for librarians (I believe it's now gone up to the stratospheric 35,000) in Boston would be equal to a 22,385 starting salary in Albuquerque, while a starting salary of 31,500 in Albuquerque would be worth 44,327 in Boston. Think someone can drop by and explain Londonweighting to Mayor Menino? 'Specially since he insists on the residency requirement?

Is a teacher's salary in England divided by twelve for the monthly checks? (So, roughly £2292 per paycheck? Or, Remus-wise, 460 galleons, 6 sickles, and 2 knuts? ;p)
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thunderemerald From: thunderemerald Date: August 30th, 2004 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whoa, where'd you find a converter?!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 30th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
wm_law2003 From: wm_law2003 Date: August 30th, 2004 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would it be twelve? The teachers I know (albeit American) get 2 per month and one big one in the summer.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 30th, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
To my shock, I found out that people get paid once a month in London. My notion of budgeting boggles! :)

I was wondering if the summer payment happened, or if the salary would be divided by ten or eleven, with no summer payment.
wm_law2003 From: wm_law2003 Date: August 30th, 2004 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not just London. One of my co-workers is moving to a firm that pays once a month. I'd so run out of money!!
sixth_light From: sixth_light Date: August 30th, 2004 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
That salary sounds about right to me. It might seem like a lot in US dollars, but I know that the cost of living in London is about the same dollar-for-pound as it is in New Zealand, and S30,000 would be a decent teacher's salary here - but still not very much compared to others. Teachers are always underpaid; it's a rule of life.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 30th, 2004 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I checked it against NYC (our second most expensive city; I should have checked it against San Francisco). It's less of a distance, though it was comparable four years later than the London salary.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 30th, 2004 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got the figure (and the spelling) from (lets see if I can find it again)...

Well, I got the spelling from here. Wasn't planning on using it in the story, though--mostly just needed to know what kind of numbers Remus would be looking at.

Eek, I can't find the site with the averages again (knew I should have kept it). However, being in a profession where sites routinely say that the average is $45,000 when very, very few people make that, that's one of the reasons I was asking. It sounded, erm, a bit high. I think it's because good teachers would teach for free by habit, and employers know it and figure a pittance should do...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 30th, 2004 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, found it. (And if I'd looked at the top instead of scanning down for a chart, I'd have seen "London weighting" as well.)

This should be the HTML version. If it doesn't work, here's the RTF file.
atropos87 From: atropos87 Date: August 31st, 2004 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Mr A is a teacher in a private school in Central London (prbably rather better regarded than Smeltings) and when he started teaching in 1995 he earnt £19,000. That was straight out of teacher training though so it's quite plausible that Remus would have earnt a good chunk more than that due to his experience. But you might want to bring it down a little bit to allow for the difference in school location and reputation - £25,000 maybe?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 31st, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
All average salary listings lie upwards. Through their teeth.

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