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Highest paying metros for elementary school teachers

  • 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 a 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), New England City and Town Areas (NECTAs), and their respective metropolitan subdivisions when available.

    Read on to find out which places across America offer the most competitive salaries for this important profession.

  • #50. Worcester, MA-CT

    Median annual wage: $73,020
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $81,570
    90th-percentile annual wage: $97,100
    Total employed: 2,420

  • #49. Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division

    Median annual wage: $73,110
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $90,190
    90th-percentile annual wage: $101,090
    Total employed: 570

  • #48. Visalia-Porterville, CA

    Median annual wage: $73,260
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $89,250
    90th-percentile annual wage: $103,550
    Total employed: 1,890

  • #47. Las Cruces, NM

    Median annual wage: $73,850
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $82,610
    90th-percentile annual wage: $96,540
    Total employed: 790

  • #46. Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division

    Median annual wage: $73,860
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $86,950
    90th-percentile annual wage: $129,590
    Total employed: 1,560

  • #45. San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division

    Median annual wage: $74,350
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $92,580
    90th-percentile annual wage: $110,350
    Total employed: 4,740

  • #44. Springfield, MA-CT

    Median annual wage: $74,400
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $97,090
    90th-percentile annual wage: $120,460
    Total employed: 3,170

  • #43. Barnstable Town, MA

    Median annual wage: $74,590
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $90,610
    90th-percentile annual wage: $104,550
    Total employed: 1,030

  • #42. New Haven, CT

    Median annual wage: $74,590
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $94,300
    90th-percentile annual wage: $107,870
    Total employed: 3,370

  • #41. Santa Rosa, CA

    Median annual wage: $74,630
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $90,320
    90th-percentile annual wage: $101,870
    Total employed: 2,310

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