How Much do Elementary School Teachers Make in California?

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

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, elementary school teachers in California earn an average of $82,560 a year.

This is 29% more than elementary school teachers nationwide and 35% more than the typical California worker.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
California Elementary School Teacher Wages by Percentile
Percentile Annually
90th $117,650
75th $99,160
50th $83,360
25th $63,570
10th $51,900
California Elementary School Teachers Wages by Metro Area
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Annually
Bakersfield $82,430
Chico $65,810
El Centro $87,260
Fresno $80,970
Hanford $78,430
Los Angeles $87,120
Merced $89,910
Modesto $85,110
Napa $80,670
Oxnard $70,030
Redding $63,040
Riverside $90,270
Sacramento $72,980
Salinas $67,420
San Diego $70,620
San Francisco $84,040
San Jose $86,350
San Luis Obispo $71,830
Santa Barbara $81,420
Santa Cruz $81,410
Santa Rosa $73,070
Stockton $73,250
Vallejo $66,800
Visalia $83,280
Yuba City $74,240
California Elementary School Teacher Wages by Year
Year Annually
2019 $82,560
2018 $80,100
2017 $77,990
2016 $74,270
2015 $72,360
2014 $69,990
2013 $69,320
2012 $69,690
2011 $65,660