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

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 7% more than similar careers in Missouri. On average, they make less than librarians but more than graduate teaching assistants.

Career Median Salary
Librarian salary $49K
Childcare program administrator salary $47K
Kindergarten teacher salary $47K
School counselor salary $46K
Clergy salary $48K
Elementary school teacher salary $46K
Special education teacher salary $45K
Health educator salary $42K
Preschool teacher salary $30K
Graduate teaching assistant salary $28K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)