Primary School Teacher Salary

Primary School Teachers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $41K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Primary School Teachers (87 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — a little less than one-half lack coverage. On the flip side, approximately half have medical insurance and nearly two in five receive dental plans. The majority of Primary School Teachers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,483 - $80,772
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$40K
$81K
MEDIAN: $40,356
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$9.87 - $20.56
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$0$80K
Salary $24,483 - $80,772
Bonus $198 - $5,093
Profit Sharing $1,500
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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$22,882 - $72,762
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 413
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $9.87 - $20.56
Overtime $19.00
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $198 - $5,093
Profit Sharing $1,500
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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$22,882 - $72,762
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 87

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

  • Connect curriculum standards to daily objectives, teaching children according to instructional goals.
  • Communicate student progress to parents and guardians.
  • Develop and implement activities, classroom materials, and resources.
  • Monitor and evaluate student progress and achievement.
  • Manage a safe and hygienic classroom environment, ensuring physical and mental security.

Common Career Paths for Primary School Teacher


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Pay by Experience Level for Primary School Teacher

Pay by Experience for a Primary School Teacher has a positive trend. An entry-level Primary School Teacher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 115 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Primary School Teacher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 79 salaries. An experienced Primary School Teacher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 86 salaries. A Primary School Teacher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 38 salaries.

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Key Stats for Primary School Teacher

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Primary School Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

Experienced
▲4%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
▼10%

Skills That Affect Primary School Teacher Salaries

National Average
$38,000

Curriculum Planning
▼8%

Childhood Education
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
no benefits
None: 44%