Primary School Teacher Salary

Primary School Teachers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $36K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Primary School Teachers report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Primary School Teachers (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$9.84 - $20.13

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,813 - $50,103  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,532  
Total Pay (?
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$23,558 - $49,708  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $20.13  
   
Overtime
$15.02 - $87.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
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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$23,558 - $49,708  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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Job Description for Primary School Teacher

Primary school teachers instruct children who are typically in grades one through five or six and between six and eleven years old. The goal of educating pupils at this age is to lay the firm foundations of reading comprehension, writing, and math, and primary school teachers also use these fundamentals to teach broader foundation knowledge in subjects like science and social studies. They also help to ensure that developmental subjects in the arts and physical education are taught as well.

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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Primary School Teachers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $32K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $36K. Primary School Teachers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $37K. 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

Late-Career
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Experienced
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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 24 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: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 33%
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