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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

    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

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

    Total Employed: 1,870

     

     

  • #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

    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

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

    Total Employed: 3,270

     

     

  • #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

    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

    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

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

    Total Employed: 730

     

     

  • #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

     

     

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