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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.

  • #50. Peoria, IL
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    #50. Peoria, IL

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

    Total Employed: 1,990

     

     

  • #49. Grand Forks, ND-MN
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    #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

     

     

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

     

     

  • #47. Greensboro-High Point, NC
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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

     

     

  • #46. Danville, IL
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    #46. Danville, IL

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

    Total Employed: 420

     

     

  • #45. Decatur, IL
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    #45. Decatur, IL

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

    Total Employed: 540

     

     

  • #44. Cape Girardeau, MO-IL
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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

     

     

  • #43. Dubuque, IA
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    #43. Dubuque, IA

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

    Total Employed: 400

     

     

  • #42. Burlington, NC
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    #42. Burlington, NC

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

    Total Employed: 1,060

     

     

  • #41. Morristown, TN
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    #41. Morristown, TN

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

    Total Employed: 310

     

     

  • #40. Lawrence, KS
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    #40. Lawrence, KS

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

    Total Employed: 430

     

     

  • #39. Jackson, TN
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    #39. Jackson, TN

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

    Total Employed: 670

     

     

  • #38. Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
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    #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

     

     

  • #37. Sioux Falls, SD
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    #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

     

     

  • #36. Harrisonburg, VA
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    #36. Harrisonburg, VA

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

    Total Employed: 590

     

     

  • #35. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
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    #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

     

     

  • #34. San Angelo, TX
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    #34. San Angelo, TX

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

    Total Employed: 550

     

     

  • #33. St. Joseph, MO-KS
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    #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

     

     

  • #32. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
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    #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

     

     

  • #31. Tallahassee, FL
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    #31. Tallahassee, FL

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

    Total Employed: 1,370

     

     

  • #30. Winston-Salem, NC
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    #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

     

     

  • #29. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL
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    #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

     

     

  • #28. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
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    #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

     

     

  • #27. Florence, SC
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    #27. Florence, SC

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

    Total Employed: 1,210

     

     

  • #26. Longview, TX
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    #26. Longview, TX

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

    Total Employed: 1,150

     

     

  • #25. St. George, UT
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    #25. St. George, UT

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

    Total Employed: 970

     

     

  • #24. Jefferson City, MO
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    #24. Jefferson City, MO

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

    Total Employed: 550

     

     

  • #23. Pine Bluff, AR
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    #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

     

     

  • #22. Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ
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    #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

     

     

  • #21. Flagstaff, AZ
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    #21. Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Total Employed: 520

     

     

  • #20. Gainesville, FL
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    #20. Gainesville, FL

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

    Total Employed: 990

     

     

  • #19. Idaho Falls, ID
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    #19. Idaho Falls, ID

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

    Total Employed: 680

     

     

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

     

     

  • #17. Wilmington, NC
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    #17. Wilmington, NC

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

    Total Employed: 1,010

     

     

  • #16. Yuma, AZ
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    #16. Yuma, AZ

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

    Total Employed: 960

     

     

  • #15. Oklahoma City, OK
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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

     

     

  • #14. Prescott, AZ
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    #14. Prescott, AZ

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

    Total Employed: 440

     

     

  • #13. Greenville, NC
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    #13. Greenville, NC

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

    Total Employed: 940

     

     

  • #12. Ocala, FL
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    #12. Ocala, FL

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

    Total Employed: Not Available

     

     

  • #11. Alexandria, LA
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    #11. Alexandria, LA

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

    Total Employed: 1,000

     

     

  • #10. Jackson, MS
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    #10. Jackson, MS

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

    Total Employed: 3,100

     

     

  • #9. Pocatello, ID
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    #9. Pocatello, ID

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

    Total Employed: Not Available

     

     

  • #8. Asheville, NC
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    #8. Asheville, NC

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

    Total Employed: 1,340

     

     

  • #7. Tulsa, OK
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    #7. Tulsa, OK

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

    Total Employed: 4,180

     

     

  • #6. Fayetteville, NC
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    #6. Fayetteville, NC

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

    Total Employed: 2,000

     

     

  • #5. Hattiesburg, MS
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    #5. Hattiesburg, MS

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

    Total Employed: 630

     

     

  • #4. Rocky Mount, NC
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    #4. Rocky Mount, NC

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

    Total Employed: 430

     

     

  • #3. Tucson, AZ
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    #3. Tucson, AZ

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

    Total Employed: 2,950

     

     

  • #2. Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ
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    #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

     

     

  • #1. Grants Pass, OR
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    #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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