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Overview
Kindergarten and elementary school teachers instruct young students in basic subjects, such as math and reading, in order to prepare them for future schooling.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for elementary school teachers are expected to grow by 7%, and should have about 112,800 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Elementary school teachers are less likely to be automated than 96% of other careers.
Workforce size
Elementary school teachers, with 1,410,900 workers, form a larger workforce than 97% of careers.
Education
About 51% of elementary and middle school teachers have a graduate-level education, and 96% have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by elementary and middle school teachers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with graduate degrees
More elementary and middle school teachers have graduate degrees than 92% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for elementary school teachers is higher than 65% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most elementary school teachers.
This job's median $58KAll jobs' median $39K$58K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 78% of elementary and middle school teachers -- that's a larger percentage than 90% of other jobs.
Gender of elementary and middle school teachers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For elementary and middle school teachers, the median men's salary was 8% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 14% of elementary and middle school teachers are minority, and 6% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of elementary and middle school teachers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (6%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Elementary School Teachers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 73% of elementary and middle school teachers, and 74% have company-sponsored health insurance (23% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for elementary and middle school teachers
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 95% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of elementary school teachers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (65%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (63%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (53%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (48%)
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (36%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do elementary and middle school teachers earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group elementary and middle school teachers, which combines the data for 3 careers, including elementary school teachers. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for elementary school teachers, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for elementary school teachers compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for elementary school teachers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all elementary and middle school teachers, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for elementary and middle school teachers compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for elementary and middle school teachers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where elementary school teachers work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Elementary and middle school teachers (ACS)
Private for-profit (12.4%)
Private not-for-profit (13.0%)
Local government (49.4%)
State government (24.3%)
Federal government (0.6%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.1%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.2%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of elementary and middle school teachers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of elementary and middle school teachers, which combines the 3 specialties for this career.
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Distribution: Salaries of elementary school teachers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty elementary school teachers, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for elementary and middle school teachers

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Elementary and middle school teachers and gender

With 78% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 90% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Elementary and middle school teachers
Men (22%)
Women (78%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for elementary and middle school teachers, with the median salary for men 8% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Elementary and middle school teachers have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 78% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of elementary and middle school teachers

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority elementary and middle school teachers than for 76% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of elementary and middle school teachers
White (85% )
Black (8% )
Asian (2% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for elementary and middle school teachers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for elementary and middle school teachers by nativity
$51K$51K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by elementary school teachers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), elementary school teachers typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as elementary and middle school teachers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for elementary and middle school teachers.

Education attained by elementary and middle school teachers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for elementary school teachers

All states require public kindergarten and elementary school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Private schools typically have the same requirement. Some states also require public kindergarten and elementary school teachers to major in a content area, such as math or science.

Those with a bachelor’s degree in another subject can still become elementary education teachers. They must complete a teacher’s education program to obtain certification to teach.

In teacher education programs, future teachers learn how to present information to young students and how to work with young students of varying abilities and backgrounds. They also take classes in education and child psychology. Programs typically include a student-teaching program, in which they work with a mentor teacher and get experience teaching students in a classroom setting. For information about teacher preparation programs in your state, visit Teach.org.

Some states require teachers to earn a master’s degree after receiving their teaching certification and obtaining a job.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for elementary school teachers

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified in the specific grade level that they will teach. Those who teach in private schools typically do not need a license. Requirements for certification or licensure vary by state, but generally involve the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade point average
  • Completion of a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching, which is typically gained through student teaching.
  • Passing a background check
  • Passing a general teaching certification test, as well as a test that demonstrates their knowledge of the subject they will teach.

For information on certification requirements in your state, visit Teach.org.

Teachers are frequently required to complete annual professional development classes to keep their license or certification. Some states require teachers to complete a master’s degree after receiving their certification and obtaining a job.

All states offer an alternative route to certification or licensure for people who already have a bachelor’s degree but lack the education courses required for certification. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately after graduation, under the supervision of an experienced teacher. These programs cover teaching methods and child development. After they complete the program, candidates are awarded full certification. Other programs require students to take classes in education before they can teach. Students may be awarded a master’s degree after completing one of these programs.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for elementary and middle school teachers? Below we see the distribution of elementary and middle school teachers salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as elementary and middle school teachers, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$47K$49K$26K$26K$44K$57K$61K$63K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KNone (0%)High School (0%)Some College (2%)Associate's Degree (2%)Bachelor's Degree (45%)Master's Degree (47%)Professional Deg/Doct (3%)Doctorate (1%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by elementary and middle school teachers

This table shows the college majors held by people working as elementary and middle school teachers. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Elementary and middle school teachers with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
21.3%
$0$200K$50K
19.7%
$0$200K$51K
3.1%
$0$200K$53K
2.0%
$0$200K$60K
2.0%
$0$200K$55K
1.9%
$0$200K$55K
1.5%
$0$200K$63K
1.3%
$0$200K$63K
1.2%
$0$200K$73K
1.2%
$0$200K$56K
1.1%
$0$200K$54K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as elementary and middle school teachers, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by elementary and middle school teachers given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Elementary and middle school teachersEducation administratorsPreschool and kindergarten teachersSecondary school teachersSpecial Education TeachersSecretaries and administrative assistantsCounselorsPostsecondary teachersTeacher assistantsManagers (specialized areas)Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)Lawyers, judges, and magistratesEditorsWriters and authorsMarketing and sales managersSocial workersPsychologistsPhysicians and surgeonsHuman resources workersEducation, training, and library workers (specialized areas)Childcare workersMusicians, singers, and related workersClergyFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersLibrariansChief executives and legislatorsWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesManagement analystsAccountants and auditorsRetail salespersonsElementary EducationGeneral EducationEnglish Language andLiteraturePsychologySpecial Needs EducationEarly Childhood EducationArt and Music EducationLanguage and DramaEducationHistoryLiberal ArtsAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for elementary and middle school teachers

What jobs will most elementary and middle school teachers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of elementary and middle school teachers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Elementary and middle school teachersSecondary school teachersPreschool and kindergarten teachersSpecial Education TeachersTeacher assistantsTeachers and instructors (specialized areas)Education administratorsPostsecondary teachers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for elementary and middle school teachers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 5 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as elementary and middle school teachers as well as 1% of respondents after working as elementary and middle school teachers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for elementary and middle school teachers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Teacher assistants
148,000
$0$200K$21K
Secondary school teachers
85,500
$0$200K$53K
Preschool and kindergarten teachers
70,500
$0$200K$25K
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
55,600
$0$200K$43K
Special Education Teachers
38,600
$0$200K$49K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for elementary and middle school teachers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as elementary and middle school teachers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of elementary and middle school teachers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for elementary and middle school teachers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Elementary and middle school teachers
164,300
$0$200K$51K
60.0%
Teacher assistants
148,000
$0$200K$21K
2.1%
Secondary school teachers
85,500
$0$200K$53K
10.2%
Preschool and kindergarten teachers
70,500
$0$200K$25K
3.1%
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
55,600
$0$200K$43K
1.4%
Special Education Teachers
38,600
$0$200K$49K
2.6%
No occupation
7.5%
Read about elementary school teachers
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically do the following:

  • Create lesson plans to teach students subjects, such as reading, science, social studies, and math
  • Teach students how to study and communicate with others
  • Observe students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Teach lessons they have planned to an entire class of students or to smaller groups
  • Grade students’ assignments
  • Communicate with parents about their child’s progress
  • Work with students individually to help them overcome specific learning challenges
  • Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules to teach children proper behavior
  • Supervise children outside of the classroom—for example, during lunchtime or recess

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers help students learn and apply important concepts. Many teachers use a hands-on approach to help students understand abstract concepts, solve problems, and develop critical-thinking skills. For example, they may demonstrate how to do a science experiment and then have the students conduct the experiment themselves. They may have students work together to learn how to collaborate to solve problems.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers generally teach kindergarten through fifth grade. However, in some schools, elementary school teachers may teach sixth, seventh, and eighth grade.

Kindergarten and elementary school students spend most of their day in one classroom. They typically teach students several subjects throughout the day. Teachers may escort students to assemblies, recess, or classes taught by other teachers, such as art or music. While students are away from the classroom, teachers plan lessons, grade assignments, or meet with other teachers and staff.

In some schools, teachers may work in subject specialization teams in which they teach one or two specific subjects, typically either English and social studies or math and science. Generally, students spend half their time with one teacher and half their time with the other.

Some kindergarten and elementary school teachers teach special classes, such as art, music, and physical education.

Some schools employ teachers of English as a second language (ESL) or English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Both of these types of teachers work exclusively with students who are learning the English language, often referred to as English language learners (ELLs). The teachers work with students individually or in groups to help them improve their English language skills and to help them with assignments from other classes.

Students with learning disabilities or emotional or behavioral disorders are often taught in traditional classes. Kindergarten and elementary teachers work with special education teachers to adapt lesson plans to these students’ needs and monitor the students’ progress. In some cases, kindergarten and elementary school teachers may co-teach lessons with special education teachers.

Some teachers use technology in their classroom as a teaching aide. They must be comfortable with using and learning new technology. Teachers also may maintain websites to communicate with parents about students’ assignments, upcoming events, and grades. For students in higher grades, teachers may create websites or discussion boards to present information or to expand on a lesson taught in class.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of elementary school teachers? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Communication skills
Teachers need to discuss students’ needs with parents and administrators. They also need to be able to communicate the subject content to students in a manner in which they will understand.
Patience
Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must respond with patience when students struggle with material.
Physical stamina
Working with kindergarten and elementary-aged students can be tiring. Teachers need to be able to physically, mentally, and emotionally keep up with the students.
Resourcefulness
Kindergarten and elementary school teachers need to be able to explain difficult concepts in terms that young students can understand. In addition, they must be able to get students engaged in learning and adapt their lessons to meet students’ needs.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for elementary school teachers
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for elementary school teachers was higher than 65% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for elementary school teachers are anticipated to grow by 7% over the next decade; 51% of jobs are projected to grow more.

The projected employment for elementary school teachers is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most elementary school teachers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as elementary school teachers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all elementary and middle school teachers, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS for this specialty
Number of Elementary School Teachers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where elementary school teachers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for elementary and middle school teachers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for elementary and middle school teachers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all elementary and middle school teachers, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Elementary School Teachers to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which elementary school teachers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Elementary and middle school teachers (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

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  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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