Entry-Level Elementary School Teacher Salary

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. While around one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Most Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority (87 percent) of Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers who took the survey are female. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,072 - $52,236
$29K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,070
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$9.75 - $25.92
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$15
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,072 - $52,236  
   
Bonus
$199.33 - $5,008  
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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$27,375 - $52,443  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,426
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.75 - $25.92  
   
Overtime
$9.86 - $41.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$199.33 - $5,008  
   
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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$27,375 - $52,443  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 292

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Chicago Public Schools offers the largest salaries in town — $52K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,821

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

For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+26 percent), New York (+24 percent), San Antonio (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+16 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Elementary School Teacher Advice

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

Elementary School Teacher in Meadville:
Pace yourself and teaching is about the love of the profession and the love for your students and the staff. Always be positive and stay away from the crazy people.

Elementary School Teacher in Sunrise:
"Administration."
Administration is filled with politics. I think they forgot that our goal is to educate. Our students should be the top of every decision made. It's nice to have supportive parents.

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.

Key Stats for Elementary School Teacher

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 291 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Elementary School Teacher Salaries

Bilingual
▲5%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲3%



▲1%

Childhood Education
▼0%


National Average
$39,000

Material Science
▼2%

Special Education
▼5%

Classroom Management
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 291 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 20%
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