Wisconsin has highest proportion of Airbnb teacher hosts

A new report from Airbnb shows Wisconsin has the highest proportion of hosts who are teachers of any U.S. state.

It shows 26 percent of Airbnb hosts in the state are teachers. Unsurprisingly, their hosting activity rises in the summer months.

As noted in the report, this aligns with the busy season for Airbnb in Wisconsin, which usually peaks between July and early September.

In 2017, teachers in the state earned $1.4 million through the company’s platform, and $600,000 of that was in the summer months. The report shows Wisconsin teacher hosts usually list their homes for about 33 days of the year.

Looking at the nationwide picture, about 45,000 Airbnb hosts are teachers, and collectively earned $160 million in 2017. For the summer months — June 1 through Aug. 31 — those teachers earned $54 million.

A typical teacher host in the United States can expect to earn $6,500 on the rental app, the report shows.

The other top states for teacher hosts are: Utah, 25 percent; Ohio, 20 percent; and Minnesota, 17 percent.

Report authors tout Airbnb as a way for educators to supplement their income at a time when teachers are making less now than they did nearly 30 years ago, according to the National Education Association.

They also cite a survey from the U.S. Department of Education, released earlier this year, which found 94 percent of U.S. public school teachers have to pay for school supplies out of their own pockets.

“Beyond the classroom, teachers face increasing costs of housing and living in cities from coast to coast,” report authors said.

See the national report here: http://press.airbnb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2018/08/PC0470_TeachersReport_180814B.pdf