Date of Award

Fall 2022

Degree Type


Director of Thesis

Dr. Kara Brown

First Reader

Dr. Jeffrey Eargle

Second Reader

Dr. Jeffrey Eargle


The notion of raising teacher pay has been a topic for discussion in the past decades. There are many reasons to raise teacher pay. This paper discusses expectations, requirements, and the professionalism of teachers as being some of the reasons for increasing teacher pay by analyzing peer-reviewed articles and journals. There is an argument that teacher pay does not need to be raised and this argument is acknowledged. In addressing teacher pay, primary research sought teachers’ opinions on the demands and expectations of their job and their pay as an accurate reflection of such demands and expectations. This data was collected from a survey sent to secondary public school teachers in Lexington-Richland District 5 in April 2022. The results from the survey are then analyzed and discussed in this paper. Following the discussion of the results, two policy recommendations are given regarding teacher pay.


The survey conducted was not endorsed or funded by Lexington-Richland District 5.

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