Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K per year. The specific employer and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (87 percent) of Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers who took the survey are female. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-half. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,074 - $51,796
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$29K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $38,739
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$9.57 - $25.86
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,074 - $51,796  
   
Bonus
$250.00 - $5,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$27,397 - $51,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,910
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.57 - $25.86  
   
Overtime
$11.50 - $43.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$250.00 - $5,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$27,397 - $51,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 228
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Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers flock to Chicago Public Schools for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $53K lead the pack in compensation.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,501

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For Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers, busy Dallas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+27 percent), New York (+24 percent), San Antonio (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+16 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis (6 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (3 percent lower).

Elementary School Teacher Advice

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

Elementary School Teacher in Monroeville:
"Initial hours of work."
Stick with it! It gets better and you will get better! Keep the kids first. Be equitable and fair. Keep learning all there is to know about teaching. And always pay it forward. Someone will have helped make you better, so do the same for someone else!

Elementary School Teacher in Lowell:
"Standardized Tests Determine Your Competency."
Realize the measure of your competency as a teacher will be determined by the outcome of a state administered standardized test. Any administrator who tells you otherwise is lying. Their performance is measured by the entire school's test results so naturally they will address the teachers whose students scored lowest first.

Elementary School Teacher in Atlanta:
"Most Rewarding Job."
It is important to love the job and not the compensation. It's not just a career, it's a Calling.

Elementary School Teacher in Saratoga:
"Don't become a teacher."
You are underpaid, under appreciated, and your fate lies with politicians. I hope you REALLY love kids. The perks of your job include bagels on teacher appreciation days. People who barely see their own kids will tell you how to improve your teaching. Remember these words: assessment, essential questions, and especially- professional responsibility. Don't ever believe you are making a good salary. I have been working for my district for 11 years. I make 42 dollars per hour. That's the hours they pay me for. Trust me, in reality I make about 20 dollars per hour. Did I mention that I can only get paid for 6.5 hours per day and 183 days per year? No overtime, and the only opportunity to make more money means working summer school. Plumbers make 45 dollars an hour and they can work as much as they want. Again, I hope you really like kids. Luckily I do. I just wish teaching wasn't such a disappointment.

Elementary School Teacher in Corpus Christi:
"Retirement."
Retirement preparation should begin with employment to supplement state retirement pay. Many school districts offer additional instruction in education. Take advantage of this bonus.

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Skills That Affect Elementary School Teacher Salaries

Bilingual
up arrow 6%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%

Spanish Language
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English Language
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Curriculum Planning
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Childhood Education
0%

Mathematica
0%

Material Science
0%

National Average
$39,000

Special Education
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 247 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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