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The average pay for an Elementary School Teacher is $73,177 per year.

MEDIAN $73,177

Job Description for Elementary School Teacher

An elementary school teacher is a person whose career involves educating students, typically those in grades one through six. Teachers at this level normally do not specialize in particular branches of education. Rather, they work to teach fundamentals and lay down educational foundations across a variety of disciplines, including reading comprehension, writing, arithmetic, science, and history.


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.

Elementary School Teacher Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,177

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

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Q: What is it like working as an Elementary School Teacher?

Elementary School Teacher in Florida:
"Opportunity to Change the Future o."
Pros: Working with children, teaching a child to read. Opening the doors in their minds to all the possibilities that come when you make good choices.
Cons: Not enough paid time to plan. I work an average of 12 hours a day get paid for 7. Lack of parental involvement. Testing the stress of students not advancing because of testing. Seeing a child give up and loose self confidence in 3 rd grade because of testing.

Elementary School Teacher in Salt Lake City:
"Look For A Good Principal."
Look for a good school and principal who lets you do your job and walk away from a micromanager. It takes the fun out of the job unless you do that.

Elementary School Teacher in Chicago:
Do not get your masters degree until after you get a teaching degree.

Elementary School Teacher in Riverdale:
"Your Future."
Do not expect to earn enough money to retire as you would like. Unless you have strong discipline or family to help financially. Spend wisely and save consistently. Educate yourself well beyond a Master's if you can. Lastly, diversify your talents/skills in case you decide not to finish an education career. The competition is so fierce and employers too fickle to rely on. Create a business opportunity that you can build over time during your summers/free time.

Elementary School Teacher in Salem:
"Don't Do It!"
Too much work for so little recognition! People always think they can do better. This field is about constantly reinventing your teaching because the curriculum and expectations are always changing!

Elementary School Teacher in Albany:
"How Much Are You Worth?"
Remember that passion does not pay the bills. If you want to change the lives of young children, remember that when challenges within the work place arise. Make sure you get validation, support, and acknowledgment for your efforts and hard work. Do not allow modesty to prevent you from getting your just due.

Elementary School Teacher in Camp Wood:
"4th-6th Grade Math Teacher."
Pros: I love working with children everyday and the ability to have about two months in the summer off for my family.
Cons: The pay at my job seems cut-rate. I feel that the administration is miserly considering that I teach Math and that is a high-demand area in education. I was told that I would receive an additional stipend for teaching Math and another stipend for being the Math Specialist for our campus. However, those were withheld from me because of "budget concerns."

Key Stats for Elementary School Teacher


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.


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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 86%
no benefits