Entry-Level Elementary School Teacher Salary

Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K annually. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 87 percent of Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers are female. Although approximately one-fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$29,126 - $52,730
$29K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,393
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$9.88 - $26.69
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$0$53K
Salary $29,126 - $52,730
Bonus $203.22 - $4,877
Profit Sharing $500
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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$27,446 - $53,046
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,944
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $9.88 - $26.69
Overtime $9.90 - $42.68
Annual Data $0$53K
Bonus $203.22 - $4,877
Profit Sharing $500
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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$27,446 - $53,046
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 367

Elementary School Teacher Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Elementary School Teacher


For Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers, comfortable salaries can be found at Chicago Public Schools; in fact, median earnings sit around $52K, the highest in the area.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,177

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Elementary School Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+26 percent), New York (+23 percent), San Antonio (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Elementary School Teacher Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Elementary School Teacher in Oviedo:
"Your pay does NOT increase and people look DOWN on teachers."
Do it because you love it. You may never get a raise and if you do it is so minute that it doesn't matter (like $200 a year). People view you as someone who is below them. In addition, they don't want to increase your yearly wage. They feel like you chose a job taking care of kids and should get paid accordingly. That is untrue. YOU are not a daycare worker, you are an educator who went to school for 4 years to get a degree. So unfair. The positives: You get the summer off, spring break, and winter break. You get to teach kids how to learn. It is an AMAZING feeling.

Elementary School Teacher in Meadville:
Pace yourself and teaching is about the love of the profession and the love for your students and the staff. Always be positive and stay away from the crazy people.

Elementary School Teacher in Sunrise:
"Administration."
Administration is filled with politics. I think they forgot that our goal is to educate. Our students should be the top of every decision made. It's nice to have supportive parents.

Elementary School Teacher in Grand Haven:
"Invest more into retirement."
Take out loans to buy years for work experience.

Elementary School Teacher in Monroeville:
"Initial hours of work."
Stick with it! It gets better and you will get better! Keep the kids first. Be equitable and fair. Keep learning all there is to know about teaching. And always pay it forward. Someone will have helped make you better, so do the same for someone else!

Elementary School Teacher in Lowell:
"Standardized Tests Determine Your Competency."
Realize the measure of your competency as a teacher will be determined by the outcome of a state administered standardized test. Any administrator who tells you otherwise is lying. Their performance is measured by the entire school's test results so naturally they will address the teachers whose students scored lowest first.

Elementary School Teacher in Atlanta:
"Most Rewarding Job."
It is important to love the job and not the compensation. It's not just a career, it's a Calling.

Key Stats for Elementary School Teacher

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 348 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
16%

Skills That Affect Elementary School Teacher Salaries

Bilingual
▲4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲2%



▼0%

National Average
$39,000

Childhood Education
▼1%


Material Science
▼2%

Special Education
▼6%

Classroom Management
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 348 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 21%