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    Highest paying metros for elementary school teachers

    Nearly 1.4 million people work as elementary school teachers in the United States, and if you count special education and substitute teachers as well, the figure edges closer to 2 million educators. Not just anyone can get a job as a teacher, however. Elementary school teachers are required to have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree; an additional state-issued license or certification is required for public school teachers.

    Nationwide, elementary school teachers earn an average annual salary of $44,800. However, this figure belies a wide disparity, with teachers in some areas earning more than $100,000 and others less than $35,000. At Stacker, we parsed the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016 report on occupational wage estimates to determine the places that offer the most competitive 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.

    California showed up most often on our list of highest-paying regions, taking an impressive 23 spots in the top 50 (two of which made the top 10). But other states like Connecticut also ranked high, showing up three times in our top 10 list. Read on to find out which places across America offer the most competitive salaries for this important profession.

  • #50. Santa Rosa, CA
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    #50. Santa Rosa, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $69,330
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $82,090
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $95,860

    Total Employed: 2,210

     

     

  • #49. Visalia-Porterville, CA
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    #49. Visalia-Porterville, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $69,440
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $79,750
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $93,070

    Total Employed: 1,870

     

     

  • #48. Redding, CA
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    #48. Redding, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $69,440
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $83,020
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $101,380

    Total Employed: 960

     

     

  • #47. Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI
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    #47. Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI

    Annual Mean Wage: $69,610
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $85,830
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $97,920

    Total Employed: 1,200

     

     

  • #46. Stockton-Lodi, CA
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    #46. Stockton-Lodi, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $69,650
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $81,310
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $94,460

    Total Employed: 3,270

     

     

  • #45. Trenton, NJ
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    #45. Trenton, NJ

    Annual Mean Wage: $69,870
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $86,200
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $97,820

    Total Employed: 1,540

     

     

  • #44. Ocean City, NJ
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    #44. Ocean City, NJ

    Annual Mean Wage: $69,890
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $85,340
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $99,090

    Total Employed: 470

     

     

  • #43. Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
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    #43. Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $69,980
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $85,990
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $97,560

    Total Employed: 6,550

     

     

  • #42. California-Lexington Park, MD
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    #42. California-Lexington Park, MD

    Annual Mean Wage: $70,110
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $80,900
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $95,180

    Total Employed: 730

     

     

  • #41. East Stroudsburg, PA
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    #41. East Stroudsburg, PA

    Annual Mean Wage: $70,200
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $82,080
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $96,460

    Total Employed: 1,010

     

     

  • #40. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
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    #40. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $70,280
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $89,170
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $110,710

    Total Employed: 640

     

     

  • #39. Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ
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    #39. Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

    Annual Mean Wage: $70,340
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $84,410
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $97,690

    Total Employed: 1,620

     

     

  • #38. Bend-Redmond, OR
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    #38. Bend-Redmond, OR

    Annual Mean Wage: $70,810
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $88,290
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $97,160

    Total Employed: 640

     

     

  • #37. Worcester, MA-CT
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    #37. Worcester, MA-CT

    Annual Mean Wage: $71,010
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $79,470
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $94,210

    Total Employed: Not Available

     

     

  • #36. Santa Fe, NM
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    #36. Santa Fe, NM

    Annual Mean Wage: $71,040
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $83,390
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $96,020

    Total Employed: 660

     

     

  • #35. Merced, CA
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    #35. Merced, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $71,120
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $82,110
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $95,910

    Total Employed: 1,690

     

     

  • #34. Hinesville, GA
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    #34. Hinesville, GA

    Annual Mean Wage: $71,180
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $87,670
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $102,370

    Total Employed: Not Available

     

     

  • #33. Las Cruces, NM
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    #33. Las Cruces, NM

    Annual Mean Wage: $71,330
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $79,930
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $92,620

    Total Employed: 1,000

     

     

  • #32. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
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    #32. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $71,800
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $85,980
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $99,740

    Total Employed: 860

     

     

  • #31. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
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    #31. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $72,130
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $88,590
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $100,170

    Total Employed: 11,340

     

     

  • #30. Napa, CA
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    #30. Napa, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $72,450
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $90,790
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $105,530

    Total Employed: 770

     

     

  • #29. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
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    #29. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $72,500
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $87,570
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $102,690

    Total Employed: 2,100

     

     

  • #28. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
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    #28. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $73,100
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $87,430
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $97,710

    Total Employed: 4,060

     

     

  • #27. El Centro, CA
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    #27. El Centro, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $73,470
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $84,550
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $97,260

    Total Employed: 1,200

     

     

  • #26. Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
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    #26. Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

    Annual Mean Wage: $73,890
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $87,250
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $101,810

    Total Employed: 2,0530

     

     

  • #25. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT
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    #25. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

    Annual Mean Wage: $73,990
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $91,280
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $100,780

    Total Employed: 5,680

     

     

  • #24. Hanford-Corcoran, CA
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    #24. Hanford-Corcoran, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $74,020
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $90,150
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $101,250

    Total Employed: 890

     

     

  • #23. Salinas, CA
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    #23. Salinas, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $74,230
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $87,210
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $98,550

    Total Employed: 3,080

     

     

  • #22. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
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    #22. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

    Annual Mean Wage: $74,320
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $90,450
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $108,330

    Total Employed: 2,6970

     

     

  • #21. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
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    #21. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $74,480
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $84,780
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $99,750

    Total Employed: 9,750

     

     

  • #20. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
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    #20. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $74,490
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $89,740
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $102,310

    Total Employed: 17,880

     

     

  • #19. Madera, CA
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    #19. Madera, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $74,500
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $88,960
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $101,700

    Total Employed: 850

     

     

  • #18. Fresno, CA
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    #18. Fresno, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $74,590
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $86,800
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $105,290

    Total Employed: 3,620

     

     

  • #17. New Haven, CT
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    #17. New Haven, CT

    Annual Mean Wage: $74,710
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $92,250
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $105,000

    Total Employed: 3,410

     

     

  • #16. Barnstable Town, MA
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    #16. Barnstable Town, MA

    Annual Mean Wage: $74,710
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $88,430
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $100,570

    Total Employed: 950

     

     

  • #15. Springfield, MA-CT
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    #15. Springfield, MA-CT

    Annual Mean Wage: $74,990
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $92,700
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $114,320

    Total Employed: 3,320

     

     

  • #14. Yuba City, CA
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    #14. Yuba City, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $75,480
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $91,820
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $104,580

    Total Employed: 1,160

     

     

  • #13. Leominster-Gardner, MA
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    #13. Leominster-Gardner, MA

    Annual Mean Wage: $75,780
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $88,770
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $114,600

    Total Employed: 510

     

     

  • #12. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
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    #12. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $76,050
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $91,210
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $101,010

    Total Employed: 43,080

     

     

  • #11. Anchorage, AK
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    #11. Anchorage, AK

    Annual Mean Wage: $76,720
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $88,450
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $100,350

    Total Employed: 1,710

     

     

  • #10. Rockford, IL
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    #10. Rockford, IL

    Annual Mean Wage: $78,240
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $100,770
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $120,130

    Total Employed: 2,020

     

     

  • #9. Modesto, CA
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    #9. Modesto, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $78,290
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $93,740
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $101,410

    Total Employed: 2,060

     

     

  • #8. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
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    #8. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

    Annual Mean Wage: $78,410
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $98,050
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $118,050

    Total Employed: 86,590

     

     

  • #7. New Bedford, MA
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    #7. New Bedford, MA

    Annual Mean Wage: $79,520
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $95,740
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $117,380

    Total Employed: 550

     

     

  • #6. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
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    #6. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

    Annual Mean Wage: $80,070
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $94,630
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $103,040

    Total Employed: 18,120

     

     

  • #5. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
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    #5. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

    Annual Mean Wage: $80,690
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $96,960
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $113,580

    Total Employed: 4,680

     

     

  • #4. Danbury, CT
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    #4. Danbury, CT

    Annual Mean Wage: $81,840
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $96,470
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $112,110

    Total Employed: 990

     

     

  • #3. Waterbury, CT
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    #3. Waterbury, CT

    Annual Mean Wage: $84,660
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $99,560
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $120,190

    Total Employed: 1,020

     

     

  • #2. Kingston, NY
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    #2. Kingston, NY

    Annual Mean Wage: $90,860
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $107,090
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $151,850

    Total Employed: 620

     

     

  • #1. Fairbanks, AK
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    #1. Fairbanks, AK

    Annual Mean Wage: $106,110
    Annual 75th Percentile Wage: $129,270
    Annual 90th Percentile Wage: $151,000

    Total Employed: 120

     

     

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