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 $40K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — more than two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Primary School Teachers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Primary School Teachers who took the survey — 86 percent to be exact. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,104 - $60,563
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$61K
MEDIAN: $39,605
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$8.60 - $21.46
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,104 - $60,563  
   
Bonus
$720  
Total Pay (?
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$22,152 - $59,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 218
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.60 - $21.46  
   
Overtime
$18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$720  
   
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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$22,152 - $59,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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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

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

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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $34K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Primary School Teachers make a median salary of $39K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Primary School Teachers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $49K.

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Key Stats for Primary School Teacher

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
030
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Primary School Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Primary School Teacher Salaries

National Average
$37,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 6%

Childhood Education
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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