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The only problem with that is that the pay is terrible.

I don't know what it pays, actually. But I wouldn't expect a whole lot. If I teach only a single course in one semester, I'd think $5000 is probably reasonable.

Here's the way I break it down.

The work required to teach classes is not difficult. You have to prepare lectures on topics in which you are an expert, so it mostly requires choosing and organizing. You have to prepare tests for the material. You may have to come up with homework assignments, but I mostly teach math, so I can assign problems from the book. Someone else typically grades the papers.

The only thing that elevates this job from being, say, a teller or something like that is the background required and the ability to work and set and achieve goals without any supervision whatsoever. So I'm guessing that the job is worth about $50,000/year if you did it full time.

A regular semester takes about 4 calendar months. During the semester, there is typically a week off for break or holidays. When I was teaching full time a typical full time teaching load was 4 courses.

By my calculations, $5000 is reasonable for a single course. I'm not trying to live off of this, just bring in a little extra.

Do you think the pay is significantly less than that?

- tmeri
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