Salary Guide: Elementary School Teachers

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Elementary School Teachers educate young students on a variety of subjects. Nationwide there are nearly 1,500,000 Elementary School Teachers who earn an average salary of $54,330.

Elementary School Teacher positions typically require a bachelor’s degree and state licensure.

Elementary School Teacher positions typically require a bachelor’s degree and state licensure. As a student, Elementary School Teachers study broad educational theory and specific practices in subjects like math, music, art and literature. Public elementary schools require state licensure while some private schools will hire unlicensed teachers who have a lot of experience and a strong educational background.

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Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $47,840
Alaska: $69,130
Arizona: $42,110
Arkansas: $43,380
California: $63,010
Colorado: $49,150
Connecticut: $66,500
Delaware: $54,700
District of Columbia: $63,370
Florida: $49,820
Georgia: $53,190
Hawaii: $49,030
Idaho: $49,990
Illinois $59,460
Indiana: $48,550
Iowa: $44,040
Kansas: $42,910
Kentucky: $48,300
Louisiana: $46,530
Maine: $45,420
Maryland: $59,840
Massachusetts: $62,570
Michigan: $56,870
Minnesota: $54,040
Mississippi: $41,720
Missouri: $44,070
Montana: $41,900
Nebraska: $50,150
Nevada: $49,450
New Hampshire: $50,450
New Jersey: $62,990
New Mexico: $51,660
New York: $67,940
North Carolina: $43,200
North Dakota: $43,110
Ohio: $54,180
Oklahoma: $42,450
Oregon: $51,820
Pennsylvania: $53,960
Rhode Island: $65,020
South Carolina: $47,090
South Dakota: $39,350
Tennessee: $45,790
Texas: $51,090
Utah: $46,270
Vermont: $52,750
Virginia: $60,390
Washington: $57,760
West Virginia: $43,700
Wisconsin: $52,110
Wyoming: $56,330

Salaries for Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $69,040
2. Los Angeles: $62,340
3. Chicago: $63,510
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $54,210
5. Philadelphia: $55,420
6. Houston: $52,600
7. Washington DC: $68,130
8. Miami: $48,740
9. Atlanta: $54,210
10. Boston: $63,830
11. San Francisco: $63,530
12. Detroit: $62,370
13. Riverside: $65,950
14. Phoenix: $42,710
15. Seattle: $58,930
16. Minneapolis: $56,540
17. San Diego: $71,480
18. St. Louis: $50,800
19. Tampa: $53,230
20. Baltimore: $57,660

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.

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