How Much do Elementary School Teachers Make?

Do elementary school teachers make a lot of money? What is the average pay for elementary school teachers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, elementary school teachers in the United States earn an average of $63,930 a year. Elementary school teachers make 20% more than the average American worker.

Elementary school teachers in New York are the best paid, making $82,830 a year, while elementary school teachers in Mississippi make the least at $44,060.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Elementary School Teacher Wages by Percentile
Percentile Annually
90th $97,900
75th $77,440
50th $59,670
25th $47,300
10th $39,020
Elementary School Teacher Wages by State

In what states do elementary school teachers make the most? In what states do elementary school teachers make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Annually
Alabama $50,270
Alaska $75,860
Arizona $45,600
Arkansas $48,800
California $82,560
Colorado $54,670
Connecticut $78,070
Delaware $63,970
Florida $55,210
Georgia $58,190
Hawaii $63,360
Idaho $48,880
Illinois $63,280
Indiana $52,570
Iowa $53,950
Kansas $50,650
Kentucky $52,660
Louisiana $48,630
Maine $52,860
Maryland $75,380
Massachusetts $82,450
Michigan $69,050
Minnesota $63,250
Mississippi $44,060
Missouri $50,920
Montana $52,160
Nebraska $60,390
Nevada $56,980
New Hampshire $59,930
New Jersey $71,880
New Mexico $57,330
New York $82,830
North Carolina $48,560
North Dakota $55,630
Ohio $64,090
Oklahoma $45,970
Oregon $69,980
Pennsylvania $69,630
Rhode Island $72,310
South Carolina $53,450
South Dakota $44,110
Tennessee $53,540
Texas $56,280
Utah $60,660
Vermont $63,480
Virginia $69,690
Washington $69,390
West Virginia $45,390
Wisconsin $57,980
Wyoming $58,940
Metro Areas Where Elementary School Teachers Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Annually
Kingston, NY $92,090
Riverside, CA $90,270
Merced, CA $89,910
El Centro, CA $87,260
Los Angeles, CA $87,120
San Jose, CA $86,350
Modesto, CA $85,110
San Francisco, CA $84,040
New York, NY $83,990
Bridgeport, CT $83,590
Elementary School Teacher Wages by Year
Year Annually
2019 $63,930
2018 $62,200
2017 $60,830
2016 $59,020
2015 $57,730
2014 $56,830
2013 $56,320
2012 $56,130
2011 $55,270