I realize the first post was years ago but I'd have her check her numbers. Starting salary of 33,000 sounds too low for the area. I live in an area of California known for not paying teachers well and my starting salary was over 44,000. Plus, it has gone up every year. I don't have my masters and I haven't put in the time to complete it since it only adds 900 dollars a year and I'm already "highly qualified." I will someday, but not while my kids are little. I find the pay to be decent for my education. I'm not sure what else I could possilbly do. I'd probably be working for a non profit for the same or less money.