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Elementary and Middle School Teacher Salary Information

The salary statistics of elementary and middle school teachers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of elementary and middle school teachers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of elementary and middle school teachers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The elementary and middle school teachers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Elementary and Middle School Teacher Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,930
25th Percentile Wage
$44,740
50th Percentile Wage
$56,100
75th Percentile Wage
$71,390
90th Percentile Wage
$88,750

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for elementary and middle school teachers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) elementary and middle school teachers is $88,750. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $56,100. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,930. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 140% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of elementary and middle school teachers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201656,1001.60%4.78%
201555,2001.47%-
201454,3901.25%-
201353,7100.54%-
201253,420--

Table 2. Elementary and Middle School Teacher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of elementary and middle school teachers in 4 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for elementary and middle school teachers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $59,690. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $41,560).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$59,690
Educational Services
$56,140
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$42,300
Health Care and Social Assistance
$41,560


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