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Entry-Level Elementary School Teacher Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers ; the average employee scrapes together only around $36K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Women make up the vast majority of Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$27,004 - $49,050
(Median)
$27K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,413
10%
50%
90%

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$9.09 - $25.23
(Median)
$9
$14
$25
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,004 - $49,050  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,381  
Profit Sharing
$0.28 - $1,866  
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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$25,694 - $49,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,197
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.09 - $25.23  
   
Overtime
$1.57 - $44.70  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,381  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.28 - $1,866  
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).
)
$25,694 - $49,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 317

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Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+20 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), and Philadelphia (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 3 percent below the national average. Employers in Denver and Detroit also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

Elementary School Teacher Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Elementary School Teacher in Salt Lake City:
"Look For A Good Principal."
Look for a good school and principal who lets you do your job and walk away from a micromanager. It takes the fun out of the job unless you do that.

Elementary School Teacher in Riverdale:
"Your Future."
Do not expect to earn enough money to retire as you would like. Unless you have strong discipline or family to help financially. Spend wisely and save consistently. Educate yourself well beyond a Master's if you can. Lastly, diversify your talents/skills in case you decide not to finish an education career. The competition is so fierce and employers too fickle to rely on. Create a business opportunity that you can build over time during your summers/free time.

Elementary School Teacher in Salem:
"Don't Do It!"
Too much work for so little recognition! People always think they can do better. This field is about constantly reinventing your teaching because the curriculum and expectations are always changing!

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Elementary School Teacher Salaries

Special Education
up arrow 17%

Spanish Language
up arrow 11%

Material Science
up arrow 3%

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

Curriculum Planning
0%

English Language
0%

Mathematica
0%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 589 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 18%
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