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 6% less than similar careers in Arkansas. On average, they make less than school counselors but more than clergies.

Career Median Salary
School counselor salary $55K
Nurse educator salary $51K
Special education teacher salary $51K
High school teacher salary $51K
Physical education teacher salary $49K
Elementary school teacher salary $45K
Kindergarten teacher salary $46K
Health educator salary $44K
Librarian salary $43K
Clergy salary $41K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)