• Emily Reed

Teacher Salaries: The Importance of Callings

Welcome to another post in our "Teacher Salaries" series! If you have been following along with our posts here, you are likely concerned about whether or not you will make enough money as a teacher. We completely understand your concern and we hope that the information we have provided has been helpful.

Although salary is something to consider when picking your career, we want to talk about the importance of coupling salary with the consideration of callings. Here is what BYU McKay School Associate Dean Lynnette Erickson has to say about salary and callings:


"At this point in life (college), people are thinking about how much money they’re going to make or how they’re going to support a family or what kind of quality of life they’re going to have. It’s easy to start thinking about the monetary side of things. But, you know, teaching is something you do because basically you feel called to do it. It’s an inner thing that you feel–you feel called. I think that people should remember that and not ever discount that calling because I think it’s very very important to realize that The Master Teacher was called to teach. We want to emulate what He does and how He does things. And then after we get out in the schools, to not forget that because it’s a gift." 

We are not saying that salary is not important. If we felt it wasn't important, we wouldn't have written three previous posts about it. However, we are saying that there is more to consider when it comes to choosing your career. In addition to Lynnette Erickson's remarks, take a listen to what current teacher, Andrew Lovell, has to say about the challenges of striving to be a breadwinner and a teacher.

If you want to hear more from Andrew, check out our other posts on IGTV videos to hear his thoughts on various topics.


We'd love to hear your thoughts about salary and how you've decided to become a teacher! Comment below, schedule a meeting with us, or reach out to mckayambassadors@byu.edu to learn more about the path to becoming an educator!





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