Primary School Teacher Salary

Primary School Teachers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $36K per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Primary School Teachers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and more than two-fifths have dental, too. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 88 percent of Primary School Teachers are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,860 - $50,635
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,333
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$9.85 - $20.23
(Median)
$9
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,860 - $50,635  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,532  
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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$24,009 - $50,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $20.23  
   
Overtime
$15.30 - $95.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,532  
   
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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$24,009 - $50,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Job Description for Primary School Teacher

Primary school teachers work full-time in a classroom environment teaching students in grade school or at an elementary level. Generally, primary school teachers instruct children ranging in age from 5 to 12 based on the location and school district where one is employed. Primary school teachers are required to teach a wide variety of subjects including English, math, science, reading and social studies to classes of children throughout the year. Covering subjects from world wars to the basics of division largely depends on the grade that the primary school teacher plans to teach. Developing full lesson plans that include basic assignments, quizzes and exams are some of the main responsibilities when working as a primary school teacher. It is also necessary for primary school teachers to ensure that each individual student is progressing properly and comprehending the material being presented.

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Primary School Teacher Tasks

  • Monitor and evaluate student progress and achievement.
  • Manage a safe and hygienic classroom environment, ensuring physical and mental security.
  • Develop and implement activities, classroom materials, and resources.
  • Connect curriculum standards to daily objectives, teaching children according to instructional goals.
  • Communicate student progress to parents and guardians.

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Pay by Experience Level for Primary School Teacher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $32K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $37K in this role. Primary School Teachers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Primary School Teacher Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 33%
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