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Primary School Teacher Salary

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 annually. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women account for the majority of Primary School Teachers who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. While about a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and just over two-fifths have dental, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,509 - $50,611
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,227
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90%

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$9.95 - $20.37
(Median)
$10
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,509 - $50,611  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
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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$23,995 - $50,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $20.37  
   
Overtime
$14.87 - $35.61  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
   
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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$23,995 - $50,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50

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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Primary School Teachers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. Primary School Teachers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $37K. Primary School Teachers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Primary School Teacher Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 33%
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