Miami Among Top Worst Cities For Teachers to Live: Study

Finding an affordable place to live in Miami can be difficult, especially for teachers.

Miami is among the top 10 most unaffordable cities for teachers to live in, according to a new study released by Apartment List Rentonomics, an online apartment forum that compared teacher salaries and median rent costs across the country.

According to the data, teachers in Miami spend approximately 50 percent of their income on rent, which landed the city in the fourth spot on the top 10 list.

Seattle is the third worst and New York came in second. Teachers living in San Francisco spend almost 70 percent of their income on rent, earning the coastal city the top worst in the U.S for teachers to reside.

The 2016-2017 minimum base salaries for teachers in Miami-Dade are $40,800, according to Miami-Dade County Public Schools. In nearby Broward County, the minimum base salary is $40,724, according to Broward County Public Schools.

As teachers gain experience, their salaries increase by up to 2 percent each year. This increase varies by school district. 

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits Miami-Dade College on her second day of touring schools in South Florida.

The new study also found that 17 percent of educators leave the profession within their first five years, citing being under underpaid, under supported and often unprepared as potential causes.

Despite $2.2 billion dollars spent annually on recruitment and retention in the U.S., the struggle to fill open teaching positions with qualified candidates continues.

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