Primary School Teacher Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Primary School Teachers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $37K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $24K to $51K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a majority have medical coverage and more than two-fifths have dental coverage, more than a third claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Primary School Teachers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Primary School Teachers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,799 - $51,601
(Median)
$27K
$37K
$52K
MEDIAN: $37,127
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$9.82 - $19.68
(Median)
$9
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,799 - $51,601  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
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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$23,729 - $50,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 215
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$9.82 - $19.68  
   
Overtime
$15.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
   
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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$23,729 - $50,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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

  • 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $33K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $35K. Primary School Teachers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $40K.

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Experience Affects Primary School Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Primary School Teacher Salaries

National Average
$36,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 6%

Childhood Education
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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