As others have said, I got into teaching knowing it's a broken system. My hope is to serve my students & community well within that broken system.
I can pay most of the bills for my family, and I've (barely) survived being cut long enough to keep my job for 11 years. That counts for a lot.
Even better, my days are spent on other people. I contribute to their well-being, their sense of self, their understanding of the world. Even in these days of 'accountability' (tests & political distrust), I have quite a bit of autonomy in my classroom. Every day brings challenges, relationships, laughs, and at least a small sense of progress.
Without the time off to be with my family, I couldn't stay in teaching. But having that time off was not the reason to get into it. I wake up early and come home tired, but I do come home just an hour or two after my kids.
Yes, teaching has gotten harder just in this past decade. But I've gotten better at it, and I haven't learned my last trick yet. My family has a roof and three square a day. My days are spent meaningfully. Regardless of compensation level, I think that's more than most American workers can say these days. I'm blessed.