Teachers in most countries earn considerably less than other college educated workers. The difference between teacher pay and that of other college educated workers is much greater in the US than it is in most of the industrial world. The data from OECD in this article confirms that point. On the other hand, almost all of the reports that I have read about the Chicago teacher strike make the point that teachers in Chicago earn more than the average worker. The post below of the David Brooks article is typical. The assumption is that teachers should not get an education related pay premium. They should work for psychic pay.