Entry-Level Elementary School Teacher Salary

Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $37K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 85 percent. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$27,466 - $49,659
(Median)
$27K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,884
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$9.42 - $25.39
(Median)
$9
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,466 - $49,659  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,044  
Profit Sharing
$105.00  
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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$26,228 - $50,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,157
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.42 - $25.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.36  
Overtime
$9.74 - $46.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,044  
   
Profit Sharing
$105.00  
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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$26,228 - $50,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 289
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Chicago Public Schools pays the most with a median salary of $47K, though there is little variation overall ($36K to $59K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,703

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers that is 28 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), and Philadelphia (+14 percent). In Charlotte, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Phoenix (4 percent less) and Las Vegas (2 percent less).

Elementary School Teacher Advice

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

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.

Elementary School Teacher in Fort Rucker:
"What type of Reading Programs are used?"
You need to be organized. Respect your principal, coworkers , and parents. Make your teaching experience. Fun for your students. Set high goals for your students.

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.

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Skills That Affect Elementary School Teacher Salaries

Spanish Language
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Material Science
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Special Education
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Childhood Education
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Curriculum Planning
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English Language
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Mathematica
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National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 425 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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