Primary School Teacher Salary (United States)

Primary School Teachers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich in their field; they only make around $35,233 annually on average. Compensation ranges from $23,222 on the low end to $51,218 per year on the high end. Some workers in this field—about a third—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by about half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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  
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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
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$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  
PayScale
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.
After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $33K to $36K. Salary comes to $38K after 10 to 20 years. Unfortunately, Primary School Teachers with considerable experience—two decades in the field—see paychecks plunge to $37K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within it.

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Experience Affects Primary School Teacher Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 8%
Late-Career
up arrow 5%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$35,000
Entry-Level
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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%
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