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.

  1. Kingston, NY: $92,090

  2. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA: $90,270

  3. Merced, CA: $89,910

  4. El Centro, CA: $87,260

  5. Los Angeles-Long-Beach-Anaheim, CA: $87,120

  6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $86,350

  7. Modesto, CA: $85,110

  8. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA: $84,040

  9. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ: $83,990

  10. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT: $83,590

  11. Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH: $83,460

  12. Visalia-Porterville, CA: $83,280

  13. Bakersfield, CA: $82,430

  14. New Bedford, MA: $81,500

  15. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA: $81,420

  16. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA: $81,420

  17. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA: $81,410

  18. Fresno, CA: $80,970

  19. California-Lexington-Park, MD: $80,940

  20. Napa, CA: $80,670

  21. Pittsfield, MA: $79,490

  22. New Haven, CT: $78,490

  23. Hanford-Corcoran, CA: $78,430

  24. Leominster-Gardner, MA: $78,110

  25. Bend-Redmond-OR: $77,780

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.

  1. Coeur d’Alene, ID: $45,700

  2. New Bern, NC: $45,660

  3. Jacksonville, NC: $45,100

  4. Jonesboro, AR: $45,030

  5. Rapid City, SD: $44,990

  6. Hattiesburg, MS: $44,870

  7. Hammond, LA: $44,760

  8. Fayetteville, NC: $44,550

  9. Evansville, IN: $44,440

  10. St. Joseph, MO: $44,320

  11. Greenville, NC: $43,980

  12. Cape Girardeau, MO: $43,710

  13. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL: $43,410

  14. Jackson, MS: $43,150

  15. Lawton, OK: $43,140

  16. Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ: $43,090

  17. Prescott, AZ: $43,050

  18. Joplin, MO: $43,030

  19. Gainesville, FL: $42,760

  20. Tucson, AZ: $42,630

  21. Twin Falls, ID: $42,000

  22. Rocky Mount, NC: $41,990

  23. Idaho Falls, ID: $41,280

  24. Yuma, AZ: $40,370

  25. Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ: $37,880

Here are some more facts about elementary school teacher salaries in America:

  1. Many first-year teachers can expect to earn less than $40,000 annually in the United States.

  2. The average teacher spends nearly $500 on their own classroom supplies.

  3. 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.

  4. On average, Oklahoma is the lowest-paying state for teachers. There, teachers typically make less than $33,630 a year.

  5. More than 20% of teachers in America need to work a second job.

  6. According to a 2018 PDK poll, 71% of American citizens feel that teachers should be paid higher salaries.

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