Teachers make barely 30k in my region. In Europe they make around 100k because they are considered an important job.
a baby sitter watching 2 kids makes $10 an hour, without any education so lets do the math, 5$ a kid per hour, 30 kids, $150 an hour a school year lasts around 250 days, 250*150= 37,500 that's 10000 more than the average teacher.
Take that pay and average it out over the number of months worked. I understand Lesson plans are an aspect, however, claiming the hours worked during the school year is immaterial. It's not an hourly job, it's salaried, something everyone recognizes when they're in school (before they even begin to pursue the degree). If a teachers base pay is $45K per year, then take that and average it out. It would average out to $5,000 per month (average of 9 months of work). Take that and apply it to twelve months - $60k a year. A teacher making $45k a year is making the equivalent of a $60k a year salary.
were i live i see teachers wearing new cloths and having car models from 2011-2013 and i live in a small town. This shows they are paid plenty enough.
In concept yes, they do so much for the benefit for others, but since the under payed teachers are public ones, we as Americans simply don't have enough money to fund such an increase.