(CNN)As teachers in several states across the United States protest for higher pay and more funding for public education, lawmakers and onlookers are debating whether teachers deserve more money.
But many of the arguments against teachers' demands are based on misconceptions about the teaching profession and how they're compensated.
Here are a few common myths about teachers and their pay.
MYTH: Teachers work less than other professionals
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average length of an American school day is just over 6.5 hours. But teachers work much longer than that.
Kristen Emanuel, a 7th grade teacher in New York City, said she regularly works 11 hours a day. Nine of those are spent at school.