Even the teachers who are at the very top level and are making a decent living, if you look at what they have to do to get there (ie. travel pratically every single weekend all over the country and even the world) you will realize that compared to what they would make doing any normal job they make far less and if you compute what they make on an hourly basis it's minimum wage levels.
sounds very much like being an officer in the military. high risk/low pay, for god and country.
i work. the dues i pay will send my clubmembers who are university students on the 'aiki cruise'.
i don't mind.