Average Elementary School Teacher Salary

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The average salary for an Elementary School Teacher is $45,055.
MEDIAN $45,055
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$32k - $69k
$250 - $6k
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$1 - $5k
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$31k - $69k

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Job Description for Elementary School Teacher

Elementary School Teacher Tasks
  • Evaluate students and communicate progress with parents, guardians, and administrators.
  • Plan, assign, and evaluate lessons, projects and tests.
  • Maintain classroom discipline.
  • Maintain accurate student records as required by laws and administrative regulations.
  • Instruct elementary students individually and in groups.
The top respondents for the job title Elementary School Teacher are from the companies Clark County School District, KIPP Foundation and National Heritage Academies. Reported salaries are highest at Chicago Public Schools where the average pay is $60,147. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Dallas ISD and KIPP Foundation, earning around $55,241 and $52,091, respectively. Charter Schools USA pays the lowest at around $38,585. Orange County Public Schools and National Heritage Academies also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $41,818 and $43,596, respectively.

Career Paths

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Popular Skills for Elementary School Teacher

Skills in Curriculum Planning, English Language, Oral / Verbal Communication and Mathematica are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Childhood Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Elementary School Teacher

An entry-level Elementary School Teacher with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $38,807 based on 890 salaries. An early career Elementary School Teacher with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $40,099 based on 4,695 salaries. A mid-career Elementary School Teacher with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $44,640 based on 2,992 salaries. An experienced Elementary School Teacher with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,833 based on 4,120 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $58,031.
Employees with Elementary School Teacher in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 27.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (17.1% more) and Los Angeles, California (14.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Phoenix, Arizona (13.1% less).

Years of Experience

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