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Entry-Level Elementary School Teacher Salary (United States)

Pay for Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers is very modest at just $36K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers (84 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Entry-Level Elementary School Teacher Salary (?
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$26,281 - $48,610
(Median)
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49K
MEDIAN: $36,190
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Entry-Level Elementary School Teacher Salary (?
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$8.95 - $25.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,281 - $48,610  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
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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$25,262 - $49,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,626
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.95 - $25.09  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $41.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
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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$25,262 - $49,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 355
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Pay Difference By Location

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$36,000
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Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and Philadelphia (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 4 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Charlotte.

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
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Spanish Language
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National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 794 votes.

Gender

Female
84%
female alumni
 
Male
16%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

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