How teacher pay stacks up

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The following are averages compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor in
October 2001 for jobs in the Chicago, Gary and Kenosha metropolitan areas.
Average CPS teacher pay is from the Illinois State Board of Education.

Occupation Average
earnings
Average
hrs/year
Lawyers (private-sector) $166,501 2,293
Executives, administrators and managers 77,711 2,066
Financial managers 69,884 2,111
Computer systems analysts and scientists 63,500 2,072
Carpenters 58,663 2,080
CPS teachers 54,766 NA
Firefighters 54,721 2,450
Police 51,462 2,083
All teachers 43,898 1,300
Librarians 39,596 1,833
Social workers 31,030 2,015