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Primary School Teacher Salary

Primary School Teachers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $36K annually. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Primary School Teachers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Close to one-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and a little less than half claim dental coverage as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$24,618 - $51,462
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MEDIAN: $36,335
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$9.87 - $20.46
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,618 - $51,462  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
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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$22,891 - $50,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.87 - $20.46  
   
Overtime
$10.65 - $27.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
   
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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$22,891 - $50,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $37K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $38K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $37K.

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Experience Affects Primary School Teacher Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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