The 2014 education report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) compares conditions in education in the world’s most developed countries. It concludes that American elementary school teachers spend more time instructing students than teachers in any other country.
American educators are required to spend the most hours teaching per year than any other country, with total hours in 2012 amounting to 1,131. With the exception of Chile, American middle and high school teachers provide more instructional time.
When it comes to teacher pay, United States teachers’ salaries are only higher than the salaries of six countries (Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovak Republic). As they gain 15 years of experience or more, the average increase in salary is only 26.6% compared to Japan’s roughly 75%.