Are you out of pocket from teaching expenses?
What do you spend on teaching from your own salary? Read the results of a recent survey and make an informed decision on planning your personal and professional budget(s).Saturday, September 27, 2014
I just did my tax return. I am always surprised at what an effective hoarder of receipts I am during the year. Thank goodness that I am! There are a lot of out of pocket expenses I have made over 17 years of teaching. It really adds up!
Some of these are covering costs that I really enjoy spending – snacks for end of term parties, small gifts or prizes for the end of year. But the rest… some seem a little unreasonable.
According to a recent survey by the NSW Teacher’s Federation, teachers’ out of pocket expenses averaged $1848 for the 2013 school year. This represents 3.02% of a beginning teacher’s salary and 2.02 per cent of an experienced classroom teacher.
What do you spend? Don’t forget to think of all the different types of expenses:
- classroom supplies
- educational materials
- classroom furniture
- student welfare (lunches, bus money, mobile phone calls, prizes and rewards)
- professional reading/ training courses (including travel and accommodation)
- staffroom items (including your own mug and replacing the continually lost forks)
- enhancements to school issued toiletries and general cleaning equipment
- sunglasses, hats and jackets for playground duties.