Elementary school teacher earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Elementary school teacher salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $72,040
Alabama $40,259
Arkansas $45,115
Arizona $38,150
California $80,830
Colorado $50,330
Connecticut $75,450
District of Columbia $77,220
Delaware $62,040
Florida $48,630
Georgia $56,250
Guam $50,150
Hawaii $59,739
Iowa $50,387
Idaho $48,154
Illinois $50,208
Indiana $46,422
Kansas $45,783
Kentucky $41,286
Louisiana $48,040
Massachusetts $78,770
Maryland $71,060
Maine $52,680
Michigan $63,480
Minnesota $61,830
Missouri $45,970
Mississippi $43,000
Montana $49,920
North Carolina $45,860
North Dakota $52,310
Nebraska $56,810
New Hampshire $58,240
New Jersey $67,160
New Mexico $52,950
Nevada $56,830
New York $79,760
Ohio $61,950
Oklahoma $38,620
Oregon $66,220
Pennsylvania $56,696
Puerto Rico $34,760
Rhode Island $74,400
South Carolina $49,620
South Dakota $42,670
Tennessee $51,080
Texas $56,380
Utah $57,570
Virginia $63,040
Virgin Islands $41,220
Vermont $59,100
Washington $65,780
Wisconsin $55,860
West Virginia $44,620
Wyoming $58,550

How much does an Elementary School Teacher earn?

While elementary school teachers’ wages should perhaps be higher than they are, many teachers are making a comfortable salary, depending on where they live. Urban areas tend to offer higher elementary school salaries, but the cost of living is also higher. While you may earn less in a rural area, you’ll probably spend less for rent, food, gas, and other expenses. The highest paid in the elementary school teacher profession work in the metropolitan areas of Fairbanks, Alaska, Poughkeepsie, New York, and New York City. The Kingston, New York area also pays well, as does the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

How do elementary school teacher salaries compare to similar careers?

Elementary school teachers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than physical education teachers but more than teachers.

Career Median Salary
Physical education teacher salary $63K
Music teacher salary $59K
High school teacher salary $59K
Kindergarten teacher salary $57K
School counselor salary $55K
Elementary school teacher salary $55K
Health educator salary $53K
Clergy salary $51K
Childcare program administrator salary $47K
Teacher salary $42K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)