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 $39K annually. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 87 percent of Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,022 - $51,923
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$52K
MEDIAN: $38,806
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$9.70 - $25.44
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,022 - $51,923  
   
Bonus
$198.66 - $5,011  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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$27,326 - $52,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,124
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Hourly Rate
$9.70 - $25.44  
   
Overtime
$12.60 - $43.17  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$198.66 - $5,011  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
Total Pay (?
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$27,326 - $52,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 260

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Chicago Public Schools offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,542

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers that is 28 percent greater than the national average, Dallas 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 (+28 percent), New York (+24 percent), San Antonio (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Phoenix. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (6 percent less) and Denver (3 percent less).

Elementary School Teacher Advice

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

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.

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.

Key Stats for Elementary School Teacher

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 266 votes.
071
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
14%
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Skills That Affect Elementary School Teacher Salaries

Bilingual
up arrow 6%

Oral / Verbal Communication
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Mathematica
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National Average
$39,000

Material Science
up arrow 1%

Special Education
up arrow 5%

Classroom Management
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 266 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Common Health Benefits

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