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Lowest paying metros for elementary school teachers

From coaxing energetic kids to focus on their classwork, to grading papers late into the night, elementary school teachers have challenging, time-intensive jobs. Although they may see rewards by way of successful student outcomes or gratitude from kids and parents, educators at the elementary level are not always well-compensated financially. In fact, some struggle just to make ends meet.

1.4 million people work as elementary school teachers nationwide, earning an average annual salary of $44,800. But some areas pay their educators far less, despite the fact that all elementary school teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree—and public school teachers require an additional state-issued license or certification.

At Stacker, we studied the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016 report on occupational wage estimates to see which places paid the lowest wages for elementary school teachers. In our analysis, we focused on metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), relatively population-dense geographical regions united by close economic ties. North Carolina came up most often, taking up 10 spots on our list of 50 lowest-paying regions. Seven areas in Arizona came up too, as did multiple places in Florida, Idaho, and Mississippi.

In the next decade, elementary school teaching jobs are expected to grow by seven percent, the average for all occupations. Whether you’re an aspiring teacher or a current educator, take note: these are the places in America that pay the lowest salaries to their elementary school teachers.

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Robert Lawton // Wikimedia

#50. Peoria, IL

Annual Mean Wage: $45,570
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $56,290
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $69,070

Total Employed: 1,990

 

 

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Glorioussandwich // Wikimedia

#49. Grand Forks, ND-MN

Annual Mean Wage: $45,560
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $53,030
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $60,290

Total Employed: 550

 

 

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Alvesgaspar // Wikimedia

#48. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

Annual Mean Wage: $45,460
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $50,650
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $61,390

Total Employed: 11,370

 

 

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#47. Greensboro-High Point, NC

Annual Mean Wage: $45,440
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $51,470
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $59,690

Total Employed: 3,380

 

 

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Nyttend // Wikimedia

#46. Danville, IL

Annual Mean Wage: $45,420
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $53,750
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $62,670

Total Employed: 420

 

 

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J. Pinta // Wikimedia

#45. Decatur, IL

Annual Mean Wage: $45,380
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $55,640
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $63,850

Total Employed: 540

 

 

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#44. Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

Annual Mean Wage: $45,320
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $50,970
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $62,420

Total Employed: 570

 

 

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Dirk// Wikimedia

#43. Dubuque, IA

Annual Mean Wage: $45,280
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $53,460
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $62,950

Total Employed: 400

 

 

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Ildar Sagdejev // Wikimedia

#42. Burlington, NC

Annual Mean Wage: $45,130
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $50,050
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $58,880

Total Employed: 1,060

 

 

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Home4tnindustry // Wikimedia

#41. Morristown, TN

Annual Mean Wage: $45,110
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $50,870
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $59,380

Total Employed: 310

 

 

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Quasselkasper // Wikimedia

#40. Lawrence, KS

Annual Mean Wage: $45,050
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $50,680
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $59,580

Total Employed: 430

 

 

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Thomas R Machnitzki // Wikimedia

#39. Jackson, TN

Annual Mean Wage: $45,010
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $51,570
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $59,920

Total Employed: 670

 

 

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Woodlot// Wikimedia

#38. Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

Annual Mean Wage: $44,840
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $49,720
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $59,000

Total Employed: 1,710

 

 

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Seabear70// Wikimedia

#37. Sioux Falls, SD

Annual Mean Wage: $44,640
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $53,320
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $60,640

Total Employed: 1,100

 

 

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Strawser// Wikimedia

#36. Harrisonburg, VA

Annual Mean Wage: $44,630
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $49,340
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $55,680

Total Employed: 590

 

 

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Ken Thomas // Wikimedia

#35. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

Annual Mean Wage: $44,230
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $51,440
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $58,750

Total Employed: 1,380

 

 

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Billy Hathorn // Wikimedia

#34. San Angelo, TX

Annual Mean Wage: $44,180
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $49,520
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $56,330

Total Employed: 550

 

 

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Tim Kiser // Wikimedia

#33. St. Joseph, MO-KS

Annual Mean Wage: $44,070
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $49,580
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $61,530

Total Employed: 480

 

 

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Atlpedia// Wikimedia

#32. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

Annual Mean Wage: $43,970
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $50,680
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $58,950

Total Employed: 2,290

 

 

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UrbanTallahassee// Wikimedia

#31. Tallahassee, FL

Annual Mean Wage: $43,840
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $48,670
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $55,150

Total Employed: 1,370

 

 

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tweber1// Wikimedia

#30. Winston-Salem, NC

Annual Mean Wage: $43,820
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $49,720
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $58,340

Total Employed: 2,730

 

 

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MicheleHaro // Wikimedia

#29. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

Annual Mean Wage: $43,800
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $49,350
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $56,900

Total Employed: 2,000

 

 

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DPPed// Wikimedia

#28. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Annual Mean Wage: $43,730
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $49,650
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $59,840

Total Employed: 15,010

 

 

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Florence Conventions and Visitors Bureau // Wikimedia

#27. Florence, SC

Annual Mean Wage: $43,700
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $54,360
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $60,400

Total Employed: 1,210

 

 

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Paul Anderson // Wikimedia

#26. Longview, TX

Annual Mean Wage: $43,600
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $49,330
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $59,570

Total Employed: 1,150

 

 

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MojaveNC // Wikimedia

#25. St. George, UT

Annual Mean Wage: $43,420
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $50,470
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $60,430

Total Employed: 970

 

 

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Katherine Dowler // Wikimedia

#24. Jefferson City, MO

Annual Mean Wage: $43,240
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $48,390
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $66,380

Total Employed: 550

 

 

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Paul Sableman // Wikimedia

#23. Pine Bluff, AR

Annual Mean Wage: $43,140
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $49,290
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $56,910

Total Employed: Not Available

 

 

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Jeff Henley // Wikimedia

#22. Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

Annual Mean Wage: $42,930
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $48,000
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $60,590

Total Employed: 400

 

 

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SearchNet Media // Wikimedia

#21. Flagstaff, AZ

Annual Mean Wage: $42,730
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $49,060
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $57,400

Total Employed: 520

 

 

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User:DouglasGreen // Wikimedia

#20. Gainesville, FL

Annual Mean Wage: $42,670
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $48,900
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $56,750

Total Employed: 990

 

 

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Eric Fredericks // Wikimedia

#19. Idaho Falls, ID

Annual Mean Wage: $42,660
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $47,830
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $55,550

Total Employed: 680

 

 

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Yinan Chen // Wikimedia

#18. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

Annual Mean Wage: $42,570
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $48,250
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $57,970

Total Employed: 2,170

 

 

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Sanfranman59 // Wikimedia

#17. Wilmington, NC

Annual Mean Wage: $42,480
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $48,260
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $56,370

Total Employed: 1,010

 

 

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Ken Lund // Wikimedia

#16. Yuma, AZ

Annual Mean Wage: $42,410
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $48,320
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $59,630

Total Employed: 960

 

 

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#15. Oklahoma City, OK

Annual Mean Wage: $42,030
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $48,370
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $58,240

Total Employed: 5,430

 

 

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Martha.baden // Wikimedia

#14. Prescott, AZ

Annual Mean Wage: $42,000
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $47,950
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $54,750

Total Employed: 440

 

 

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Cypress Landing // Wikimedia

#13. Greenville, NC

Annual Mean Wage: $41,650
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $47,700
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $55,730

Total Employed: 940

 

 

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Luv24jmg // Wikimedia

#12. Ocala, FL

Annual Mean Wage: $41,250
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $46,010
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $55,350

Total Employed: Not Available

 

 

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Robinaire // Wikimedia

#11. Alexandria, LA

Annual Mean Wage: $41,240
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $46,450
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $49,340

Total Employed: 1,000

 

 

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Michlaovic // Wikimedia

#10. Jackson, MS

Annual Mean Wage: $41,180
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $47,220
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $52,810

Total Employed: 3,100

 

 

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Michlaovic // Wikimedia

#9. Pocatello, ID

Annual Mean Wage: $40,990
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $52,070
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $60,050

Total Employed: Not Available

 

 

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Billy Hathorn // Wikimedia

#8. Asheville, NC

Annual Mean Wage: $40,870
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $48,050
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $55,910

Total Employed: 1,340

 

 

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Caleb Long // Wikimedia

#7. Tulsa, OK

Annual Mean Wage: $40,710
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $46,530
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $55,600

Total Employed: 4,180

 

 

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KMayner78 // Wikimedia

#6. Fayetteville, NC

Annual Mean Wage: $40,270
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $45,880
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $50,620

Total Employed: 2,000

 

 

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Sturmgewehr88 // Wikimedia

#5. Hattiesburg, MS

Annual Mean Wage: $40,070
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $45,160
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $49,860

Total Employed: 630

 

 

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Harris Walker // Wikimedia

#4. Rocky Mount, NC

Annual Mean Wage: $39,470
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $45,130
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $50,240

Total Employed: 430

 

 

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Zereshk // Wikimedia

#3. Tucson, AZ

Annual Mean Wage: $39,420
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $44,400
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $50,300

Total Employed: 2,950

 

 

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SSRR2030 // Wikimedia

#2. Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

Annual Mean Wage: $36,120
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $43,430
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $48,830

Total Employed: 480

 

 

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Joseph Novak // Wikicommons

#1. Grants Pass, OR

Annual Mean Wage: $34,170
Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $30,710
Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $67,330

Total Employed: 70

 

 

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