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Highest paying metros for elementary school teachers

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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 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.

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    #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

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    #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

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    #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

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    #47. Las Cruces, NM

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

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    #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

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    #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

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    #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

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    #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

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    #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

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    #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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    #40. Redding, CA

    Median annual wage: $74,870
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $92,060
    90th-percentile annual wage: $105,560
    Total employed: 780

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    #39. Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division

    Median annual wage: $74,940
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $99,260
    90th-percentile annual wage: $119,730
    Total employed: 8,400

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    #38. East Stroudsburg, PA

    Median annual wage: $75,230
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $88,400
    90th-percentile annual wage: $99,120
    Total employed: N/A

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    #37. Bakersfield, CA

    Median annual wage: $75,490
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $95,800
    90th-percentile annual wage: $119,840
    Total employed: 4,750

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    #36. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division

    Median annual wage: $75,540
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $95,140
    90th-percentile annual wage: $115,910
    Total employed: 21,890

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    #35. Hanford-Corcoran, CA

    Median annual wage: $75,720
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $91,030
    90th-percentile annual wage: $100,000
    Total employed: 1,120

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    #34. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division

    Median annual wage: $75,860
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $93,330
    90th-percentile annual wage: $112,110
    Total employed: 12,270

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    #33. Merced, CA

    Median annual wage: $75,910
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $91,420
    90th-percentile annual wage: $101,820
    Total employed: 1,600

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    #32. Salinas, CA

    Median annual wage: $76,050
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $90,370
    90th-percentile annual wage: $100,550
    Total employed: 2,500

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    #31. Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division

    Median annual wage: $76,110
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $93,750
    90th-percentile annual wage: $115,100
    Total employed: 740

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    #30. Madera, CA

    Median annual wage: $76,550
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $92,870
    90th-percentile annual wage: $105,190
    Total employed: 980

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    #29. New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division

    Median annual wage: $76,580
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $98,210
    90th-percentile annual wage: $120,350
    Total employed: 58,420

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    #28. Anchorage, AK

    Median annual wage: $76,610
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $90,640
    90th-percentile annual wage: $102,760
    Total employed: 1,760

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    #27. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

    Median annual wage: $76,650
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $91,340
    90th-percentile annual wage: $100,640
    Total employed: 4,050

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    #26. Fresno, CA

    Median annual wage: $76,800
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $95,370
    90th-percentile annual wage: $115,050
    Total employed: 4,540

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    #25. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

    Median annual wage: $76,860
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $90,730
    90th-percentile annual wage: $100,500
    Total employed: 10,720

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    #24. Leominster-Gardner, MA

    Median annual wage: $76,890
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $98,700
    90th-percentile annual wage: $122,040
    Total employed: 480

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    #23. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

    Median annual wage: $77,290
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $93,470
    90th-percentile annual wage: $102,560
    Total employed: 5,290

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    #22. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

    Median annual wage: $77,610
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $94,490
    90th-percentile annual wage: $106,190
    Total employed: 2,250

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    #21. San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division

    Median annual wage: $78,090
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $94,500
    90th-percentile annual wage: $115,160
    Total employed: 1,500

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    #20. Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division

    Median annual wage: $78,200
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $93,580
    90th-percentile annual wage: $103,980
    Total employed: 11,980

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    #19. Yuba City, CA

    Median annual wage: $78,370
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $95,460
    90th-percentile annual wage: $109,760
    Total employed: 1,280

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    #18. New Bedford, MA

    Median annual wage: $78,600
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $98,630
    90th-percentile annual wage: $122,040
    Total employed: 590

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    #17. Rockford, IL

    Median annual wage: $79,150
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $102,030
    90th-percentile annual wage: $122,270
    Total employed: 2,040

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    #16. Framingham, MA NECTA Division

    Median annual wage: $79,200
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $97,360
    90th-percentile annual wage: $118,500
    Total employed: 1,370

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    #15. El Centro, CA

    Median annual wage: $80,130
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $92,860
    90th-percentile annual wage: $101,660
    Total employed: 1,230

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    #14. Napa, CA

    Median annual wage: $80,330
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $93,170
    90th-percentile annual wage: $101,020
    Total employed: 1,040

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    #13. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

    Median annual wage: $80,340
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $97,170
    90th-percentile annual wage: $115,890
    Total employed: 4,860

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    #12. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division

    Median annual wage: $80,760
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $95,330
    90th-percentile annual wage: $104,210
    Total employed: 31,040

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    #11. Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division

    Median annual wage: $81,360
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $92,980
    90th-percentile annual wage: $100,040
    Total employed: 980

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    #10. Modesto, CA

    Median annual wage: $82,200
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $95,490
    90th-percentile annual wage: $103,410
    Total employed: 2,580

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    #9. Danbury, CT

    Median annual wage: $82,210
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $96,820
    90th-percentile annual wage: $111,920
    Total employed: 1,100

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    #8. Waterbury, CT

    Median annual wage: $83,830
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $101,770
    90th-percentile annual wage: $122,960
    Total employed: 990

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    #7. Bend-Redmond, OR

    Median annual wage: $84,020
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $94,340
    90th-percentile annual wage: $100,530
    Total employed: 700

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    #6. Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division

    Median annual wage: $84,700
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $104,350
    90th-percentile annual wage: $125,500
    Total employed: 1,190

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    #5. Kingston, NY

    Median annual wage: $84,730
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $100,620
    90th-percentile annual wage: $117,670
    Total employed: 640

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    #4. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

    Median annual wage: $85,800
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $97,220
    90th-percentile annual wage: $105,060
    Total employed: 20,180

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    #3. Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division

    Median annual wage: $88,110
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $103,430
    90th-percentile annual wage: $121,790
    Total employed: 11,520

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    #2. Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division

    Median annual wage: $109,990
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $125,050
    90th-percentile annual wage: $138,750
    Total employed: 13,670

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    #1. Fairbanks, AK

    Median annual wage: $112,940
    Annual 75th percentile wage: $132,100
    90th-percentile annual wage: $154,300
    Total employed: 120

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