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# Payday

## Why do different jobs pay so differently?

Why do different jobs pay so differently? top-paid teacher earns in a year. On one hand, this seems unfair. On the other hand...it still seems unfair. But there’s a reason some jobs pay so much better than others.

In this lesson, students use unit rates to compare how much different professions make per year/day/hour and discuss ways to possibly equate compensation with social contribution.

### REAL WORLD TAKEAWAYS

• Different professions earn vastly different amounts. More money doesn’t always mean the job is more “valuable.”
• When the payer/employer benefits directly from the value an employee generates – e.g. having LeBron James on your NBA team means you’ll sell millions more in tickets, swag, etc. – then the employer is likely to pay for that value.

### MATH OBJECTIVES

• Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real world problems
• Calculate daily and hourly unit rates
• However, in other professions that generate value for society at large – e.g. a teacher increases students’ future earnings, the President boosts economic performance – that value is often not reflected in compensation.

Appropriate most times as students are developing conceptual understanding.