This survey dealt with the personal expenses it takes for a teacher to provide a quality classroom experience for his or her students.
We asked members to tell us about how much they spent on equipping and “decorating” their classroom, providing supplies and motivational prizes for students, and keeping up as a professional . The charts below provide information about how much personal money TVEA members direct towards classroom expenses. 99 people, 7% of our membership, completed this survey.
The majority of teachers who responded to this survey have been teachers for 10 or more years (78 % overall), so this data does not come from many teachers who are “young” in their career, and just setting up classrooms.
56 % of the teachers who participated in this survey were elementary school teachers; 19 % were middle school teachers, and 24 % were high school teachers.
Some interesting differences in reported spending:High school teachers tended to spend the least or the most on “ keeping up as a professional” (evenly split at both ends of the spending spectrum).
The majority of elementary teachers (60 %) and middle school teachers (63 %) spend $150 or less on “keeping up as a professional.”50 % of high school teachers spend $200 or less to decorate and equip a classroom, and 52 % of middle school teachers spend between $201 and $400.
17 % of high school teachers spend over $800 to decorate and equip their classrooms—a higher percentage than others (0 % of middle school teachers, and 11 % of elementary school teachers spent this much)
Similar percentages of middle school and high school teachers (37 %) spend $101 to $200 for supplies and motivational prizes for the classroom. (Only 26 % of elementary teachers spend this amount.)
Middle school teachers, for the most part, spend more money on supplies and prizes than other teachers (26 % spend $201 to $300, 16 % spend $301 to 400, and 5 % spend $401 to $500) —but when you get to the “more than $500” category, 16 % of high school teachers and elementary teachers spend that much, and no middle school teachers reported spending that much.
Overall, more high school teachers reported spending in the highest range listed for all 3 categories of personal expenses for the classroom.