Want to buy a house on a Palm Beach County teacher’s salary? Helps to have two incomes

Palm Beach County’s housing market remains a challenging one for teachers and other middle-income workers, according to research released Wednesday by Trulia.

Just 25.5 percent of Palm Beach County property listings are in reach of a typical teacher. That’s based on an average teacher salary of $49,243 and a median home price of $365,000.

With two teacher salaries, the share of listings in reach climbs to 59 percent, according to Trulia’s calculations. Palm Beach County teachers long have complained that their salaries, which are low by national standards, are inadequate to buy a home in a housing market that’s expensive compared to much of the nation.

If the housing affordability poses a hurdle for teachers, it’s an insurmountable wall for low-wage workers. The typical restaurant worker in Palm Beach County makes $21,950, meaning just 4.6 percent of the county’s listings are affordable, Trulia said.

The situation is less dire for firefighters and other first responders. Their average salary is $67,460, an income that puts 39.6 percent of Palm Beach County listings in reach.

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