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 $37K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers is high. Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$27,197 - $49,271
(Median)
$27K
$37K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,533
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$9.19 - $25.22
(Median)
$9
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,197 - $49,271  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,068  
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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$25,898 - $49,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.19 - $25.22  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,068  
   
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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$25,898 - $49,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 295
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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, 32 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+20 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Dallas (+16 percent), and Philadelphia (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Charlotte. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Phoenix and Denver (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 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 16%

Spanish Language
up arrow 10%

Material Science
up arrow 4%

Childhood Education
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Curriculum Planning
0%

English Language
0%

Mathematica
0%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 515 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 18%
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