Seventy-four percent of Americans think teachers make less than they really do, according to a new poll from Rasmussen. The average teacher salary in America is $55,000 (upward of $75,000 in Chicago), but three quarters of Americans think teachers earn less than that.
Over half of Americans (52 percent) believe teachers are paid too little. Just 15 percent believe they are paid too much while 26 percent think teachers are paid the right amount.
In a related poll, just 26 percent of Americans give public schools positive marks.
Rasmussen conducted the poll of 1,000 adults between Sept. 11 and 12. The poll has a +/- 3 percentage point margin of error.