The Cities With the Highest- and Lowest-Paid Elementary School Teachers
Here are the metropolitan areas in the United States with the highest salaries for elementary school teachers.
Kingston, NY: $92,090
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA: $90,270
Merced, CA: $89,910
El Centro, CA: $87,260
Los Angeles-Long-Beach-Anaheim, CA: $87,120
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $86,350
Modesto, CA: $85,110
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA: $84,040
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ: $83,990
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT: $83,590
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH: $83,460
Visalia-Porterville, CA: $83,280
Bakersfield, CA: $82,430
New Bedford, MA: $81,500
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA: $81,420
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA: $81,420
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA: $81,410
Fresno, CA: $80,970
California-Lexington-Park, MD: $80,940
Napa, CA: $80,670
Pittsfield, MA: $79,490
New Haven, CT: $78,490
Hanford-Corcoran, CA: $78,430
Leominster-Gardner, MA: $78,110
However, while teachers in these areas are well-compensated, the same can’t be said for their peers in other parts of the country.
Out of the ten metropolitan areas with the lowest annual salaries for elementary school teachers, five of them are located in Arizona, including the lowest two, which are Sierra Vista-Douglas ($37,880) and Yuma ($40,370).
These are the 25 metropolitan areas across the United States that have the lowest average salaries for elementary school teachers.
Coeur d’Alene, ID: $45,700
New Bern, NC: $45,660
Jacksonville, NC: $45,100
Jonesboro, AR: $45,030
Rapid City, SD: $44,990
Hattiesburg, MS: $44,870
Hammond, LA: $44,760
Fayetteville, NC: $44,550
Evansville, IN: $44,440
St. Joseph, MO: $44,320
Greenville, NC: $43,980
Cape Girardeau, MO: $43,710
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL: $43,410
Jackson, MS: $43,150
Lawton, OK: $43,140
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ: $43,090
Prescott, AZ: $43,050
Joplin, MO: $43,030
Gainesville, FL: $42,760
Tucson, AZ: $42,630
Twin Falls, ID: $42,000
Rocky Mount, NC: $41,990
Idaho Falls, ID: $41,280
Yuma, AZ: $40,370
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ: $37,880
Here are some more facts about elementary school teacher salaries in America:
Many first-year teachers can expect to earn less than $40,000 annually in the United States.
The average teacher spends nearly $500 on their own classroom supplies.
The United States ranks seventh in the world for teacher pay. At $124,000 annually, Luxembourg is the #1 country in the world when it comes to teacher salaries.
On average, Oklahoma is the lowest-paying state for teachers. There, teachers typically make less than $33,630 a year.
More than 20% of teachers in America need to work a second job.
According to a 2018 PDK poll, 71% of American citizens feel that teachers should be paid higher salaries.