Entry-Level Elementary School Teacher Salary (United States)

More than three-quarters of Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $35,922 annually. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; most claim both medical and dental insurance and 45 percent get vision coverage. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Elementary School Teacher Salary (?
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$25,936 - $48,471
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MEDIAN: $36,055
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Entry-Level Elementary School Teacher Salary (?
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$8.70 - $24.98
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,936 - $48,471  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,549  
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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$24,968 - $48,909  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,883
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.70 - $24.98  
   
Overtime
$4.25 - $38.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,549  
   
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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$24,968 - $48,909  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 388
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Pay Difference By Location

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Philadelphia
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Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, and Philadelphia also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 19 percent, 19 percent, 18 percent, and 14 percent more, respectively. With compensation 4 percent below the national average, Charlotte is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Denver and Phoenix earn less than others in this profession; their -3 percent and -2 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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!

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Elementary School Teacher Salaries

Special Education
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Spanish Language
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Childhood Education
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Curriculum Planning
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Mathematica
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English Language
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National Average
$36,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 19%
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