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Entry-Level Elementary School Teacher Salary

Those pursuing careers as Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $36K per year. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. There are far more female Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 84 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$26,822 - $48,841
(Median)
$27K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,336
10%
50%
90%

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$9.08 - $25.19
(Median)
$9
$14
$25
MEDIAN: $14.00
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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
$26,822 - $48,841  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,415  
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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$25,582 - $49,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,254
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
$9.08 - $25.19  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $45.00  
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 - $2,415  
   
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).
)
$25,582 - $49,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 324

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Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent), Houston (+18 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), and Philadelphia (+13 percent). Charlotte is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 3 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Phoenix (3 percent lower and 2 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 15%

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 634 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

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