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Primary School Teacher Salary (United States)

Those pursuing careers as Primary School Teachers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $36K per year. While roughly one in three report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and slightly less than half have dental, as well. The vast majority of Primary School Teachers (89 percent) are women. Most Primary School Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Primary School Teacher Salary (?
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$24,497 - $51,988
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MEDIAN: $35,924
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Primary School Teacher Salary (?
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$9.85 - $20.64
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,497 - $51,988  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
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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$23,222 - $51,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 198
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $20.64  
   
Overtime
$10.65 - $27.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
   
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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$23,222 - $51,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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.
Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $32K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $38K in this role. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $37K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining approximately one-eighth.

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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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$35,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 32%