Elementary School Teacher Salary (United States)

An Elementary School Teacher earns an average salary of $40,664 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Technology Coordinator, Reading, Bilingual, and Teacher. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Elementary School Teacher Total Pay (?
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$28,914 - $62,748
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MEDIAN: $40,664
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Elementary School Teacher Total Pay (?
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$8.96 - $29.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,914 - $62,748  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,983  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,817  
Commission
$375.00 - $13,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,879 - $63,089  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11,651
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.96 - $29.96  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,983  
   
Commission
$375.00 - $13,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,817  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,879 - $63,089  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11,651
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Job Description for Elementary School Teacher

To work as an elementary school teacher, patience is a requirement. You should be able to use audiovisual aids in order to help teach lessons and lectures. Duties include preparation and correction and grading of assignments and tests, ability to counsel students when there are classroom issues, keep up with attendance as is required by the school, coordinate educational field trips, and maintain order of a large group of children in and outside of the classroom while on school property. Minimum requirements include certification from the state in elementary education and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Elementary school teachers are required to be able to listen and speak for long periods of time and spend hours walking, standing and occasionally sitting. This is a physical and mental job. Most company will include a classroom of students grades 6 or below and on occasion other teachers or school principal. This job is 5 days a week in the classroom from morning to mid afternoon and requires time spent at home to be focused on work, grading, and creating outlines of study plans as well. Elementary school teachers may be employed in elementary schools only and should have prior experience in dealing with children, especially for long periods of time. Special knowledge in certain subjects such as English and early education mathematics is also necessary for this job. Teachers are also expected to keep track of grades and have open communication with both students and their parents and be able to maturely address any issues that may arise with behavioral problems or grades.
Elementary School Teacher Tasks
  • Maintain accurate student records as required by laws and administrative regulations.
  • Instruct elementary students individually and in groups.
  • Maintain classroom discipline.
  • Evaluate students and communicate progress with parents, guardians, and administrators.
  • Plan, assign, and evaluate lessons, projects and tests.

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Elementary School Teacher Reviews

What is it like working as an Elementary School Teacher?
Elementary School Teacher in Camp Wood:
"4th-6th Grade Math Teacher."
Pros: I love working with children everyday and the ability to have about two months in the summer off for my family.
Cons: The pay at my job seems cut-rate. I feel that the administration is miserly considering that I teach Math and that is a high-demand area in education. I was told that I would receive an additional stipend for teaching Math and another stipend for being the Math Specialist for our campus. However, those were withheld from me because of "budget concerns."

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Experience Affects Elementary School Teacher Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Elementary School Teacher Salaries

Technology Coordinator
up arrow 38%
Reading
up arrow 21%
Bilingual
up arrow 17%
Teacher
up arrow 11%
People Management
up arrow 9%
reading specialist
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Curriculum Planning
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English Language
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Childhood Education
0%
National Average
$41,000
Team Leadership
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MUSIC
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 2718 votes.

Gender

Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 17%
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