Nearly 1 in 10 Airbnb hosts in the U.S. is a teacher

Nearly 1 in 10 Airbnb hosts in the U.S. is a teacher
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Nearly one in 10 Airbnb hosts in the U.S. is a teacher — an occupation for which salaries range between an average of $40,000-$50,000 per year.

The new report was put together by Airbnb. Several teachers who talked to the company said the supplemental income from renting out their homes allowed them to live on a teacher's salary.

Teacher hosts earned around $160 million from Airbnb rentals in 2017.

Teacher hosts for the travel app earned $54 million during the summertime in 2017 and typically earn $6,500 in annual supplemental income for renting out their homes, Airbnb found. 


The report is the latest development in an ongoing struggle over the lengths teachers must go to supplement their income.

A June analysis of federal jobs data found that nearly 20 percent of teachers have second jobs during the school year, with half of those teachers holding jobs in fields outside of education. 

Fifty-five percent of teachers in a May poll reported they are not satisfied with their teaching salaries

In recent months, teachers in several states have staged disruptive walkouts and strikes to demand better pay and benefits.

Arizona teachers staged a walkout in April, demanding a raise from the average salary of $48,372, which makes educators in the state among the lowest-paid in the nation. Union organizers of the walkout said they hope to see that number increased by at least $10,000. 

Arizona state lawmakers in May approved $306 million to go towards increasing teacher's pay by 20 percent by 2020.

Hundreds of teachers in West Virginia, Colorado, and Oregon have also participated in walkouts, with mixed results.