Is substitute teaching worth it? Here’s the pay scale, what’s your story?

Palm Beach Cunty Superintendent Robert Avossa compliments Carter Prince on his haircut on first day of kindergarten. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)
Superintendent Robert Avossa, pictured here on the first day of school, began as a sub. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

The National Substitute Teachers Association calculates that one full year of a child’s kindergarten through 12th grade education is spent in classrooms covered by a substitute teacher.

And while many unions renegotiate contracts, and thus raises, with their school districts annually, most subs, including those in Palm Beach County School District, don’t have a union. And many are irked that they haven’t had a raise in almost a decade.

So what do they get paid? Depends on how much education they have and how many hours each district pays for a day of sub work.


$11 – $13.50  with an additional $3 per hour when subbing in the Glades.

Unlike teachers they don’t get paid for lunch, so their day rate calculated with 6.5 hours in elementary and middle, 7 hours in high school.

The result is a PBC day rate of $71.50 to $94.50  – or $115.50 at a Glades high school.

In Miami: 

$71 – $97 a day with more for critical needs schools.


$84.52 – $95.02


$86.25 – $112.50


That said, Superintendent Robert Avossa and his staff are reviewing the possibility of a pay raise for subs in the district’s budget for next year. Read the full story. 

So is it worth it? Avossa said a substitute job was the first step in his career path.  Any subs out there? What’s your go-to plan when you need to capture your audience? What’s the best moment you’ve had? What’s the worst?

Are you a retired full-time teacher like Sharon Walker, who returns to teach only at her former school? Or are you dipping your toes into classroom work to see if it’s right for you?


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