Elementary school teachers are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, elementary school teachers rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 25% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy elementary school teachers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Teacher
3.0
$42k
Kindergarten teacher
3.0
$57k
High school teacher
3.0
$59k
School psychologist
3.0
$78k
Elementary school teacher
2.9
$55k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are elementary school teachers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do elementary school teachers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as elementary school teachers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are elementary school teacher’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are elementary school teachers making the best use of their abilities?

Are elementary school teachers happy with their salary?