A teacher at a college in Utah who compared his salary with that of the going rate for staff at a fast food outlet has sparked a lively discussion on social media about the pay offered in the hospitality and education sectors.
Many responded to a tweet by Spencer Bagley of an image of a sign advertising for staff at fast food chain Panda Express. Titled “Inspiring better lives” the job ad called for general managers, assistant managers and service and kitchen team members.
For the general manager role, the sign listed that the “total potential annual compensation or earnings” at the restaurant would be $69,000 a year, plus a bonus.
The other posts advertised a going rate of between $15 and $20 an hour. Pay for the assistant manager salary role also includes bonuses. The ad also said that it offered other benefits including medical and dental insurance, paid sick leave and vacations and “401 (k) with company match.”
Bagley tweeted on Friday: “My salary as an associate professor of mathematics at Westminster College, three blocks away from this sign, is $61,500.”