An anonymous reader writes "I was wondering what every body's starting salary was, particularly since I have learned that around Houston and Dallas teachers start at around $40K for 9 months work. I have a physics degree, and teachers make more than I do. I believe teachers make on scale or more than college professors at public universities in Texas, and they make more than most science majors that I know. It is interesting that Bill Gates wants to address the math and science teacher shortage one way (higher pay), but wants to address the lack of technical people another way (bring in the foreigners). I also think there is more to it than just pay, or otherwise all the science majors I know could get higher pay as a teacher.
The cost of living in Dallas in not particular high; in the northern suburbs (Plano, Carrollton, Frisco) you can get a 2000 square foot, 4 bedroom house in the $150K-$170K range. A teacher's $40K starting salary (and up to $68K for experienced) for 9 months work seems like very good pay to me. Does it to you?
My experience with science majors:
Biology: Biology majors have a hard time finding any work at all, and if they find work it is often temp work or food processing QC. They rarely start at more than $30K, and often much less.
Chemistry: I assume those that find work in a big industry like pharmaceuticals or petroleum do well, but the ones I know working in the environmental industry or doing industrial QC work rarely start above $30K.
Geology: Geology is pretty much boom or bust. I think they are doing well now, but just a few years ago they were getting jobs in the environmental industry that rarely started above $30K.
Math: The only math guy I know is a 40-year-old actuary. His base salary is around $125K and he gets yearly bonuses in the $20K-$30K range."