Overwhelming majority of voters say teachers' wages are too low

An overwhelming majority of voters believe that teachers across the U.S. aren't being paid enough, according to a new national survey.

The Hill-HarrisX survey found 64 percent of voters think that teachers are being paid too little, while 27 percent said that they thought teachers received the right amount of pay.

Just 9 percent of respondents said that teachers received too much pay.

A majority of voters across party lines agreed that teachers’ salaries were insufficient.

Seventy-five percent of Democrats said teachers are being unfairly paid, compared to 55 percent of Republicans and 61 percent of independent voters.

According to the National Education Association's (NEA) annual analysis, the national average public school teacher salary for 2017-2018 was $60,477. This marks a 1.6 percent increase from the previous year. 

However, these averages can vary widely on a number of factors such as region. For instance, the NEA also estimated that teachers in Mississippi make roughly $45,575 annually. 

The survey comes amid an ongoing wave of teacher strikes over a number of issues, including everything from raising wages to increasing school funding.

West Virginia teachers have gone on two strikes in less than a year. The first strike stemmed over low wages, and resulted in a 5 percent pay raise for educators. The latest one was over a bill that would have introduced charter schools to the state, but the legislation was later killed in the state House.

Just last week, Nevada’s Clark County School District averted a teacher’s strike after district officials and a local teachers' union reached a tentative deal.

The Hill-HarrisX daily poll surveyed 1,003 registered voters from August 23-24, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.

—Tess Bonn