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According to the BLS, in 2012, elementary school teachers earned a median salary of $53,400. The best-paid earned about $83,160, while the lowest-paid made approximately $35,630. The highest earners worked in the metropolitan areas of Nassau, N.Y., Kingston, N.Y., and Ithaca, N.Y.

Job Salary Year
2004 $45,750.00
2006 $51,190.00
2008 $52,290.00
2010 $54,330.00
2012 $56,130.00

Average Elementary School Teacher Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs

Elementary school teachers make an average salary of $56,130, which is more than most social services jobs. Lawyers ($130,880) earn more than double what elementary school teachers make, but elementary school teachers make more than the average salary for sports coaches ($36,680), janitors ($24,850) and teacher assistants ($25,310).

Job Name Salary
Lawyer $113,530.00
Elementary School Teacher $53,400.00
Sports Coach $28,360.00
Teacher Assistant $23,640.00
Janitor $22,320.00

Best Paying Cities for Elementary School Teachers

The highest paid in the elementary school teacher profession work in the metropolitan areas of Nassau, N.Y., Kingston, N.Y., and Ithaca, N.Y. The Santa Ana, Calif. area also pays well, as does the city of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Nassau, N.Y.

Average Salary: $95,420 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an elementary school teacher working in Nassau, N.Y. is $95,420, which is $42,020 more than the average pay in the profession.

Kingston, N.Y.

Average Salary: $79,810 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an elementary school teacher working in Kingston, N.Y. is $79,810, which is $26,410 more than the average pay in the profession.

Ithaca, N.Y.

Average Salary: $77,600 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an elementary school teacher working in Ithaca, N.Y. is $77,600, which is $24,200 more than the average pay in the profession.

Santa Ana, Calif.

Average Salary: $76,700 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an elementary school teacher working in Santa Ana, Calif. is $76,700, which is $23,300 more than the average pay in the profession.

Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Average Salary: $74,960 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an elementary school teacher working in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. is $74,960, which is $21,560 more than the average pay in the profession.

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